The Bishop’s Wife
The Story (Potential Spoilers)
Heavenly bells are ringing, jubilant choirs are singing and Christmas joy is blanketing the world like freshly fallen snow. But the Yuletide spirit has yet to warm Bishop Henry Brougham’s Victorian home. Struggling to raise funds for a new cathedral, the preoccupied young clergyman has neglected his loving wife Julia, and now only divine intervention can save their marriage! But the powerful and handsome angel sent from above has a mind of his own and teaching mortal Henry an immortal lesson in romance isn’t all he’s got planned!
In 1946, a Christmas Classic was born that has endured since. It’s a Wonderful Life may be the granddaddy of all classic Christmas films. What an ominous shadow, The Bishop’s Wife had to escape in 1947.
This yuletide cheerio or as it would now be called a Christmas Rom Com did indeed breakaway from the shadow of It’s A Wonderful Life. Not all ties are broken, as several child actors from IAWL appear in TBW, including the child actor who portrayed the young George Bailey. He’s obvious in his one and only scene during a snowball fight.
All that aside, The Bishop’s Wife is a classic featuring Cary Grant, David Niven and a absolutely stunning Loretta Young.
Ms. Young, in my opinion, gives a stand out performance as the title character, stealing the show from two better known actors. The emotion she portrays, in the midst of the loveless marriage to the Bishop stands the test of time. She should have won an Oscar for this performance, fortunately she was duly rewarded for The Farmer’s Daughter.
Some of the best moments are between Niven and Grant as the bicker and as Niven tries to come to terms with Grant’s Angel, Dudley.
You’ll come away from the classic with a warm feeling and love for the characters. I highly recommend “The Bishop’s Wife”.
8 Candy Canes out of 10
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