#1LinerWeds from “The Bishop’s Wife”

I don’t know if we’re actually doing One-Liner Wednesday today, it being Christmas and all (I’m writing this last Saturday, in case you’re wondering), but I wanted to share this more-than-one liner from the 1947 film The Bishop’s Wife, which starred Cary Grant, David Niven, Loretta Young, and Monty Woolley. It’s the final scene, when the bishop (played by Niven) is giving his Christmas sermon, which was written by the angel Dudley (played by Grant), though no one knows that except Dudley (and his Boss).


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15 thoughts on “#1LinerWeds from “The Bishop’s Wife”

  1. I love this film despite the irritating Loretta Young whom I always want to slap. This is a real gem of a film that should be better known. I always loved that commercial too..so cute

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    1. I love the story, and the casting was superb (even if you don’t like Loretta Young). I might have mentioned somewhere that the daughter in this movie is played by the same girl who played the daughter in “It’s A Wonderful Life.” It definitely deserves more attention.

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  2. I know there are a lot of classic movies that I have missed or forgotten and this is one. Maybe I better start making a list! Thanks John. Hope you had a great day.

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  3. John,

    We watched ‘The Bishop’s Wife’ a few years ago. It’s better than the remake by a long way. I don’t really remember a lot about the film, though. I’m thinking it was good but it didn’t knock my socks off. It might be nice to watch it again. Old movies always have such a good story plot and the acting is usually superb. This one has some excellent stars in it, too. Sending you belated Merry Christmas wishes, my friend!

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    1. I liked it much more than the remake with Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington (which was a pretty good film in its own right). That was more of a vehicle to demonstrate her considerable musical talent.

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    1. Mine too, maybe my favorite. It’s overshadowed by “It’s A Wonderful Life,” which was made the year before and had greater star power. Interesting thing: the girl who played the Baileys’ daughter in “It’s A Wonderful Life” played the Broughams’ daughter in “The Bishop’s Wife.”

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    1. It gets nowhere near the attention that “It’s A Wonderful Life” gets, which is a real shame, because it tells a wonderful story about focusing on the right things. The acting is perfect in this one, too.

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