The Bishop's Wife

Synopsis: An Episcopal Bishop, Henry Brougham, has been working for months on the plans for an elaborate new cathedral which he hopes will be paid for primarily by a wealthy, stubborn widow. He is losing sight of his family and of why he became a churchman in the first place. Enter Dudley, an angel sent to help him. Dudley does help everyone he meets, but not necessarily in the way they would have preferred. With the exception of Henry, everyone loves him, but Henry begins to believe that Dudley is there to replace him, both at work and in his family's affections, as Christmas approaches.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Director(s): Henry Koster
Production: RKO Radio Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

after all these years. How well you look.

- How are you?

- Never better. And you?

Quite well also, thank you.

- I don't think you remember me.

- Of course I do. Where did we meet?

- Professor, after all these years...

- Just a moment.

- It wasn't Vienna, was it?

- Beautiful old Vienna.

The university. When I was

lecturing there on Roman history.

And what great lectures they were. And

what a one you were with the ladies.

Fancy you remembering that.

- I must confess, I had my moments.

- And still have.

- Where are you going?

- That car.

I couldn't help noticing your

tender parting from Julia.

- You know Julia?

- In a way, yes.

- Poor child.

- She's unhappy?

- When were you in Vienna?

- Oh, I've been there many times.

I'm interested in Julia and Henry.

What seems to be their trouble?

I never see Henry any more. He

has no time for riffraff like me.

He now consorts with the

vulgar rich, like Mrs Hamilton.

You know she had me fired from the

university here? Said I was a radical.

I, who have never taken any interest

in politics since the death of Nero.

Look at that. Henry's old

church, perishing from neglect.

- It's such a nice little church.

- Too little, I'm afraid.

It can't stand up against

the march of progress.

Well, I must be pushing on.

- Delighted to have seen you.

- A pleasure.

We must have a drink to

those old days in Vienna.

By all means!

- Good evening, Professor.

- Oh, Pat?

Have you any idea who that man is?

No. He's a stranger to me.

- Good evening.

- Good evening, Matilda. Hello, Queenie.

- Is Debby in bed yet?

- Yes, ma'am.

Mrs Hamilton and the committee

are in there with the bishop.

The dinner's been waiting a long time.

We didn't know what to do about it.

- We'll have dinner as soon as they leave.

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Robert E. Sherwood

Robert Emmet Sherwood (April 4, 1896 – November 14, 1955) was an American playwright, editor, and screenwriter. more…

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