The Bishop's Wife
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When Episcopalian bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) prays for divine guidance in his efforts to raise the necessary funds for a new cathedral, his prayers are answered in the form of a handsome, personable guardian angel named Dudley (Cary Grant). Establishing himself as a Yuletide guest in the Brougham home, Dudley arouses the ire of Henry, who, unaware that his visitor is from Up Above, assumes that Dudley has designs on the bishop's wife Julia (Loretta Young). Eventually, the lives of both Henry and Julia are agreeably altered by the presence of the affable angel: He regains the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"Grant's turn is thoroughly convincing because he himself appears to be having a terrific time: He's expansive, graceful, and seems always on the verge of chuckling with goodwill."
‑ Caren Weiner Campbell, Entertainment Weekly
"While a fantasy, there are no fantastic heavenly manifestations. There's a humanness about the characters, even the angel, that beguiles full attention."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A typically sanctimonious Hollywood Christmas fantasy that works mainly because of the charm of the performers."
‑ , Film4
"Its feel-good sentiment ends up drowning the film in saccharine."
‑ Christopher Null,
"A decent little romantic comedy that doesn't possess enough vitality to live up to its accolades."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"It is a big, slick production. The only thing it lacks is taste."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"We cannot recommend you to a more delightful and appropriate Christmas show."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Cary Grant's suave, charismatic angel is the main reason to see craftsman Koster's sentimental, verbose serio-comedy about a bishop (David Niven) struggling with marriage and funds for new church; A Christmas staple along with It's a Wonderful Life."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Holiday classic still charms."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"There must be some excuse for this but I can't imagine what it is."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Cary's charm works as successfully upon audiences as it does upon the film's characters, and his relaxed wit plus Loretta Young's delicate loveliness makes for a frothily touching comedy."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A warm, sentimental comedy-fantasy."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Agreeable Xmas comedy with first-rate cast"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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