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The Bishop's Wife

  NR Closed Captioning

Henry Koster

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About the Movie

Recently re-made as "The Preacher's Wife" starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston, the original was nominated for 5 Academy Awards(R)! Cary Grant stars as an angel come to earth in answer to the prayers of a struggling young bishop. Year: 1947 Director: Henry Koster Starring: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Elsa Lanchester.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 23
  • Fresh: 19
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Whatever you make of the minor miracles performed along the way, there's no trouble believing that Cary would fall for Loretta or that anybody would fall for Cary. – Walter Goodman, New York Times, Jan 9, 2018

Fresh: We cannot recommend you to a more delightful and appropriate Christmas show. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Dec 10, 2014

Fresh: Grant's turn is thoroughly convincing because he himself appears to be having a terrific time: He's expansive, graceful, and seems always on the verge of chuckling with goodwill. – Caren Weiner Campbell, Entertainment Weekly, Dec 4, 2012

Rotten: It is a big, slick production. The only thing it lacks is taste. – James Agee, TIME Magazine, Mar 2, 2018

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Customer Reviews

The Bishop's Wife

This film will make you laugh and cry...Christmas in America was something wonderful before it was banned from our schools.....This film will be one of your all time favorites!!! No CG...actual scripts and music!!!

Where's HD?

Apple, got it. Sell as as many SD versions as you can, then switch to HD. Smart business decision, we got it. Can't wait until you offer HD to us customers who don't play your game. Waiting...,

Like cotton candy

Light, sweet and fluffy entertainment. I admit I'm crazy about Cary Grant and that certainly adds to my rating. But I was spoiled by The Preacher's Wife with Denzel. 😉 The movies are very similar, but oh so different. There's room on my Apple TV for both!

The Bishop's Wife
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1947

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