The Bishop's Wife

The Bishop's Wife

Henry Koster (1947)

U Certificate


Our Score
In this fantasy comedy, Cary Grant stars as an angel who descends from heaven to put the marriage of irritable bishop David Niven and Loretta Young in order, and to raise money for a church. There were tensions on the set as Grant clashed with Young and director Henry Koster over Robert E Sherwood's script, which Grant thought substandard. However, the playing from all three stars is enjoyable and the festive setting allows Grant to trim a Christmas tree with the flick of a finger. His best line, "The only people who grow old are people who were born old to begin with," might well have been his own epitaph.


Distraught bishop Henry is struggling to cope with building a new cathedral, but receives help from on high in the form of a suave guardian angel. The heavenly visitor proves influential in fundraising, but when he turns his attention to Henry's family life, the cleric suspects his new friend has designs on his wife. Fantasy, starring Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young.

Cast & Crew

Dudley Cary Grant
Henry Brougham David Niven
Julia Brougham Loretta Young
Professor Wutheridge Monty Woolley
Sylvester James Gleason
Mrs Hamilton Gladys Cooper
Matilda Elsa Lanchester
Mildred Cassaway Sara Haden
Director Henry Koster
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures LtdAvailable on: video and DVD