The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

Henry Koster directs Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven in this Christmas romance where a dashing angel falls for the wife of a Bishop he has been assigned to help.

A lovely festive matinee trip to the Filmhouse. The movie feels like a progenitor of Mary Poppins. Grant’s sharp suited angel fills the same role, his miracles are delivered with similar Hollywood trickery and his effect on people is exactly the same. Which puts Niven in a stuffy George Banks role – a little thankless apart from when a chair magics itself to his butt. There’s lots of brisk humour, wondrous flights of fancy and suave heartstring pulling. A pinnacle of studio system lightness.

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