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

- But what about the chicken?

Don't worry about it,

Matilda, please. Thank you.

Oh, Matilda. My bag.

Thank you.

Oh, I'm terribly sorry I'm so late.

Good evening, Mrs Hamilton. I

was delayed Christmas shopping.

Good evening, Mr Perry, Mrs

Trumbull. Hello, Mrs Ward.

I hope you've been

having a good meeting.

We have not. I've never in my life

encountered such fuzzy thinking.

- Do you think we've made any progress?

- No.

- Mr Perry was about to tell us something.

- Merely a suggestion.

If Mrs Hamilton approves,

we can place the George B Hamilton

Memorial Chapel here on the north-east.

It will be out of sight

there. I won't stand for it.

Mrs Hamilton, this cathedral cannot be

designed for the glory of an individual.

- It has to be created for all the people.

- I'm very displeased at your attitude.

I was instrumental in making you Bishop,

although others thought you too young.

- Is that an exaggeration?

- Oh, yes, Mrs... I mean, no.

- You were the guiding spirit.

- I distinctly remember...

I had confidence in you when you were

a poor little parson in the slums.

I confess my confidence is weakened.

I regret I've been a disappointment.

Regrets are no good whatsoever.

You give me the impression of being

confused, indecisive and ineffectual.

That is not the kind of

leadership we expect of our bishop.

You'd better remember one thing.

You will build that cathedral as I

want it or you will not build it at all.

That's all I have to say.

- Someone get this dog out of the way.

- Julia?


- Goodbye, Mrs Hamilton.

- Good evening, Mrs Brougham.

- Good evening, Mrs Brougham.

- Good evening, Mrs Brougham.

- Can we serve dinner now?

- Yes, Matilda.

- The chicken will be burned to a crisp.

- We'll be right in.

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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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