Movie #6 – The Bishop’s Wife. I have the 1947 version and pretty much know all the dialogue. The characters are more than appropriate symbols for the frailties of people being people. Dudley the angel; Julia the good wife; Henry, the bishop losing his way, Sylvester, the man in the street; Professor Wutheridge, the atheist who finds hope. A sweet love story with several different kinds of love, but the crisp dialogue and wonderful quotes are delivered by Cary Grant with a calm sophistication layered playfully over as an angel having a really good time. It’s fun and funny.
Quotes from Dudley: Angels come down and put ideas into people’s heads. And then people feel very proud of themselves because they think it was all their own idea.
We all come from our own little planets. That’s why we’re all different. That’s what makes life interesting.
From Sylvester: The main trouble is there are too many people who don’t know where they’re going and they want to get there too fast.
Slow down and watch this one this Christmas.
Ethel Lee-Miller is a Tucson writer and author who blogs pretty regularly, and every day when it’s Christmastime.