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There are few people who know the secret of making a Heaven here on Earth. You are one of those rare people.

— The Angel Dudley, losing his objectivity and his heart to the title character


The Bishop's Wife is a Samuel Goldwyn romantic comedy feature film starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven, adapted from the 1928 novel of the same name by Robert Nathan. It was originally released in theaters by RKO Radio Pictures on December 9, 1947. Although not strictly a Christmas film (much like It's a Wonderful Life), it remains popular fare during the holidays because of its setting during Christmas. It was remade in 1996 as The Preacher's Wife with even less of a holiday-centric theme.

The film stars David Niven as the titular bishop, a man so invested in raising funds for a new cathedral, he's lost sight of his relationship with his increasingly neglected wife (Loretta Young). Into this enters the charming angel (Cary Grant), whose offer of help, while definitely for the good, contains a lesson or two for the bishop.

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