Classic Cinema: The Bishop’s Wife (1947) – By Jason S. Lockard

My name’s is Jason Lockard and I love Christmas cinema! Our star of the month; Loretta Young starred in one of these Christmas classics this one entitled The Bishop’s Wife.

Loretta Young was born Gretchen Young in Salt Lake City, Utah, on January 6th 1913. At the age of three her family moved to Hollywood where she and her two sisters She and her sisters began working as child actresses. In 1928 she was billed as Loretta Young. Loretta transitioned from silent to talking pictures with no problem and would star in many memorable films such as; The Stranger, A Night to Remember, The farmer’s daughter and Come to the stable. In 1947 she would star in a memorable holiday classic The Bishop’s wife.

The film follows Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven), who desires to build of a new cathedral, but can’t raise to money and prays for divine guidance. He thinks his prayer has been answered when a suave angel named Dudley (Cary Grant) shows up. However, the angel’s mission is not to help with the construction of the cathedral. Henry has become obsessed with the building and neglected his familial. His wife Judy (Loretta Young) is unhappy with her marriage. Can Dudley put these two’s marriage back on track? you’ll have to watch the film to find out.

After her film career stalled out she moved to television on NBC where she hosted her own half-hour anthology series The Loretta Young Show for almost a decade. This series garnered her 3 Emmy awards. After it’s cancellation CBS tried a new concept where Loretta would play Christine Massey, a free-lance magazine writer and mother of seven children in The New Loretta Young show, but the show failed to gain an audience and was canceled after one season. Not long after this Loretta retired from acting, but she kept herself busy with her volunteer work.

Young came out of retirement to star in two television films, Christmas Eve (1986), and Lady in the Corner (1989). Than on August 12, 2000, Loretta Young died of ovarian cancer. Loretta Young leaves a legacy of films, radio and TV that will live forever. Pick up one of her films and see a great actress at work.

So until next month this is Jason S. Lockard wishing you all a Merry Christmas. As always if you want to see a good movie, check out a classic.

Moral Rating: Nothing offensive
Audience: all audiences
Genre: Comedy Drama
Length: 109 min.
Released: 1947
Our Rating: A