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The Bishop's Wife

Later that afternoon, Henry tells Dudley he can leave; Henry's prayer had been answered. Dudley's not so sure. What does Henry really want: the cathedral, or Julia's happiness? Enraged, Henry demands that Dudley get out of his life at once, and as Dudley departs with a smile, he admonishes Henry not to let Julia see him this angry. Later, visiting Professor Wutheridge, Henry confesses that he's probably lost Julia to Dudley, and is surprised to find that he can actually tell the professor about Dudley being an angel. Wutheridge reminds Henry that he has an advantage over an angel: he is a mortal man, and Julia is a mortal woman. During the afternoon on December 24th, Henry gives his secretary Miss Cassaway (Sara Haden) the manuscript of his Christmas Eve sermon to type. She isn't thrilled to be staying late on Christmas Eve, so when Dudley turns up and offers to finish it for her, she's quick to accept. Dudley tosses the manuscript and incomplete typescript into the fire, orders the typewriter 'Take a sermon,' and starts dictating a sermon about Christmas gifts and an empty stocking. Meanwhile, Henry and Julia have gone to pay some calls, finishing with Mrs. Hamilton. But Dudley is there before them. Left alone to await her in the drawing room, he finds an old musical manuscript dedicated lovingly to Agnes (Mrs. Hamilton's first name is Agnes) and signed 'Allan' — not her late husband's name. When she comes in Dudley's playing the composition on her harp. Hearing it again after many years moves her, and she tells Dudley that the composer, Allan, was the only man she ever loved. They were engaged, but he didn't have any money and because she feared poverty, she broke it off. She married Mr. Hamilton because he was fond of her, and he was very rich. Mrs. Hamilton breaks down and cries on Dudley's shoulder. when the Broughams arrive she's uncharacteristically warm, asks them to call her Agnes, and mentions in passing that she's decided to give her money to help the poor. Back at the house, Henry faces Dudley one last time. Henry tells him that Julia means more to him than life itself, and he's willing to fight Dudley no matter what may happen. Relieved that Henry has gotten his priorities straight at last, a beaming Dudley tells Henry that he's leaving, and that Henry's prayer has been answered. Confused, Henry disagrees. 'I prayed for a cathedral,' he says. 'No Henry, you prayed for guidance,' says Dudley. 'That has been given to you.' Dudley has a final meeting with Julia to let her know that he's unlikely to see her again — angels aren't assigned to the same post more than once because they're not supposed to form attachments — but he is tired of constantly moving. She realizes what he's saying and tells him very firmly that he must indeed go away and never come back. When he leaves, Dudley takes with him all memory of his existence. None of the people he's helped remember him at all. As they gather in church for Henry's Christmas Eve sermon, Dudley stands outside, unrecognized. He smiles and walks off into the city. Henry delivers Dudley's sermon, asking his flock to fill Jesus's stocking with gifts of 'loving kindness, warm hearts, and a stretched out hand of tolerance: all the shining gifts that make peace on earth.'
Actors: Cary Grant,
Cary Grant
Cary Grant 18 January 1904, Horfield, Bristol, England, UK
Loretta Young,
Loretta Young
Loretta Young 6 January 1913, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
David Niven,
David Niven
David Niven 1 March 1910, London, England, UK
Monty Woolley,
Monty Woolley
Monty Woolley August 17, 1888 in New York City, New York, USA
James Gleason,
James Gleason
James Gleason 23 May 1882, New York City, New York, USA
Gladys Cooper,
Gladys Cooper
Gladys Cooper 18 December 1888, Lewisham, London, England, UK
Elsa Lanchester,
Elsa Lanchester
Elsa Lanchester 28 October 1902, Lewisham, London, England, UK
Sara Haden,
Sara Haden
Sara Haden 17 November 1899, Galveston, Texas, USA
Karolyn Grimes,
Karolyn Grimes
Karolyn Grimes 4 July 1940, Hollywood, California, USA
Tito Vuolo,
Tito Vuolo
Tito Vuolo March 22, 1893 in Gragnano, Campania, Italy
Regis Toomey,
Regis Toomey
Regis Toomey 13 August 1898, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Genre: DramaComedyFantasy
Director: Henry Koster
Country: United States
Release: 1947
IMDb: 7.6
Duration: 109 min
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