The Bishop’s Wife Movie Review – 1947 Stupendous Christmas Movie

The Bishop's Wife movie review

It’s Christmas and so continues the theme in my The Bishop’s Wife movie review. Have you seen The Bishop’s Wife?  It’s not on television as much as It’s A Wonderful Life or A Christmas Carol but this is a must watch every Christmas for me.

  • The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
  • Directed By Henry Koster
  • Based on The Bishop’s Wife By Robert Nathan
  • B/W
  • Music By Hugo Friedhofer
  • Starring Cary Grant ; Loretta Young ; David Niven


Starring Cary Grant as Dudley an Angel sent to help Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) who has lost touch with what really matters in life.

The Bishop is struggling to raise enough money to build a new cathedral.  In fact the catherdral is all consuming leaving his wife Julia (Loretta Young) wondering what has happened to the man she fell in love with.

Enter Dudley who announces straight away to the Bishop that he is an angel here to help, not surprisingly Bishop Henry doesn’t quite believe him.  This is of course set at Christmas with plenty of snow and really great christmassy atmosphere.

Is Dudley really an angel?  Is he really here to help?  I not going to spoil it by answering those questions for those yet to watch this Christmas classic.  What I will say is I think this is an outstanding film.  Cary Grant is on top form and there is a great chemstry / tension between him and Loretta Young (The Bishop’s Wife), whilst David Niven also put in a great performance as the Bishop.

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The acting is fabulous the story is magical and it looks and feels remarkable. What more could you ask for from a Christmas movie?

Oh and yes this is a black and white film which adds to the feel like only black and white can.  Think how It’s A Wonderful Life feels in black and white with James Stewart running down the road.  It’s not the same in the colorised version.

If this film has somehow passed you by you are in for a treat, trust me it’s a classic you will love it.  Ok I can’t guarantee you will all love it, but I would be surprised if the majority of you don’t just love as much as I do.

If you are lucky you may just spot it on television this year if not there’s always the Blu-ray / DVD or maybe on you preferred streaming service…

The Bishop’s Wife (1947) BLU-RAY is available now from Amazon. You can also pick it up on DVD.

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The Bishop's Wife (1947)

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The Bishop’s Wife (1947)




Now that was a bit of a shock wouldn’t you say???

The Bishop’s Wife (1947) Film Trailer

Have a great Christmas and if you are still not convinced by my recommendation check out the original 1947 trailer unfortunately it doesn’t really show the film.

You will have to make do with a short clip to give you a small tast of the film.

Final Thought: The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

That was my The Bishop’s Wife movie review, what did you think? 

Have you seen it?  Do you love it as much as I do (I’m not sure that is really possible) whatever your views i want to hear them.  Leave a comment below or over on our Facebook page..


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The Bishop's Wife (1947) Blu-ray Review
the bishop's wife movie review

Movie title: The Bishop's Wife (1947)

Movie description: Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) dreams of building a new cathedral. When a stranger named Dudley arrives he thinks his prays may have been answered

Duration: 109 mins

Director(s): Henry Koster

Actor(s): Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven

Genre: Comedy, Drama,

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It’s one of the best Christmas films ever made, a must see and now even more so having been restored and released on Blu-ray!