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

Julia, you knew Mrs Hamilton

was expected this afternoon.

I know, Henry. I'm sorry I was late.

What a ghastly afternoon.

What a ghastly woman.

I have no intention of being

strangled by her purse strings.

I was proud of you.

I had a most un-Christian impulse to give

her a good whack over the... mink coat.

I thought you stood up

to her magnificently.

I appreciate your appreciation

but what about my cathedral?

May I make a suggestion, Henry?

Why not postpone the

cathedral till after Christmas?

Lmpossible. The House of God can't

be put off. This cathedral must rise.

Plenty of rich people

in this town. I'll have

to take advantage of

their Yuletide spirit.

I can see it all now.

The McWhirters, the Hornes, the Van

Deusens, the lunches, the meetings

and you there flattering them.

- Kowtowing to them, begging.

- It's got to be done.

Oh, Henry. If you could

see your poor harassed face.

- You haven't done very much to help it.

- Miss Cassaway, what is it?

- Mr Trevor on the phone, Bishop.

- Tell him the bishop will call him back.

Yes, Mrs Brougham.

Henry, what's happened to you?

What's happened to our marriage?

We used to have such

fun, you and Debby and I.

We used to be happy and

make other people happy.

Henry, that was your gift.

You're no financier or promoter.

Julia, I want this cathedral to stand

like a great beacon. I want its light...

Oh, never mind. Keep that for

your next committee meeting.

- Here's a contribution I collected.

- What's that?

It's an old Roman coin. Professor

Wutheridge sent it. Wasn't that sweet?

Old fool. What does he

think I can do with that?

Well, it's a beginning.

Now all you need is

another four million.

Julia, don't be flippant about this!

- Is dinner ready?

- Yes.

Let's go in and get it over

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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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