Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Bishop's Wife

The Bishop's Wife
Released Date: February 16, 1948
Director: Henry Koster
Actors: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley, James Gleason, Gladys Cooper, Elsa Lanchester, Sara Haden, Karolyn Grimes, and Tito Vuolo

     There is something very sophisticated in Cary Grant and David Niven. It could be the way they talk, stand, carry themselves, or just the way they smile. But either way, the both men are very suave and the two of them together is amazing. This would be Mr. Grant's 51st movie credit.Cary Grant plays an angel in this film and David Niven plays the bishop, even though originally it was suppose to be the other way around. The director, William A. Seiter was the first director on this film, till one day he was fired. Teresa Wright was in his version of the movie as the bishop's wife. The part was given to Loretta Young since Teresa Wright was pregnant by the time Henry Koster took over and before filming it. You will also find interesting that a lot of these old movies are done with this radio show called "Lux Radio Theater" which is pretty neat because listening to them are a lot of fun. This movie is with Lux since Lux was very good at taking all of the real well done movies and turning them into a half hour to hour radio program. If you ever have a chance to go on Amazon's website, you should check out buying their CD's. You'll love it, I promise.

     The time of year is Christmas. All through the town are children with their parents, looking at Christmas lights and window shopping. Wishing and pointing towards certain gifts that give them joy. Dudley (Cary Grant), is one of the few adults admiring without a child clung to his side. Instead, he looks around himself with great affection. And seems to have a heavenly way of looking at the world. Which is only right with an angel. He steps upon a woman buying a Christmas Tree for her family. Her name is Julia Brougham (Loretta Young), as she seems to have worries about her husband. Which she confides to her old friend, Professor Wutheridge (Monty Woolley). The trouble seems to be that her husband Henry (David Niven), is more worried about a Cathedral being built then his own families happiness. Both the Mr. and Mrs' are praying for something. But different prayers. The Mr. wants his Cathedral built tall and glorious. The Mrs. just wants her husband back. You can tell that they use to be very happy. Always eating out and having tons and tons of friends. Now they have no visitors and they never spend time together. They even have a daughter, but the Cathedral must be built. Watch as the angel does an amazing job at giving both the Bishop and his Wife the gift they had been praying for.


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