Sunday, December 20, 2009

The 12 Trailers of Christmas: The Bishops Wife

Though life in the world in 1947 was anything but easy, there's a wonderful innocence that shines through every frame of The Bishop's Wife.
An annual Christmas favorite that boasts a spectacular cast with David Niven, Loretta Young (as the bishop and his wife) and Cary Grant as the quintessential helpful angel Dudley. There are also terrific performances by some of the finest character actors of the period, particularly Monty Woolley as a long time friend and history professor, and James Gleason as the often distracted but charming cab driver Sylvester.

Like many of the era's holiday films, there's a charming performance by a child actor. This time the role is the Bishop's daughter, Debby, played here by Karolyn Grimes, the same young actress who is so very memorable in her performance as Donna Reed and James Stewart's daughter Zuzu in It's A Wonderful Life, made one year earlier. (Any fan of both films will recognize one of the captains in the snowball fight sequence of The Bishops Wife as Bobby Anderson, who also played Young George Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life.)

A film, like so many other holiday classics, that has been remade and re-worked to accommodate the latest celebrity actor cast, no one has ever produced a remake to rival the gentle humor and sweetness of the original. Much like our # 10 trailer in this countdown, Miracle on 34th Street, the trailer for The Bishops Wife is more of a mini film shot backstage at the Samuel Goldwyn Studios to promote the film to movie audiences. We know you'll enjoy watching #6 in our 12 Trailers of Christmas countdown, The Bishops Wife.

As throughout our 12 Trailers of Christmas countdown, you're invited to visit to watch a larger version of the trailer on our front page.

1 comment:

  1. Hi there - seems like we have a similar taste in Christmas movies. I wrote a song called George Bailey, all about the man and the Capra film... would love for you to take a listen! You can do so via my website or watch the youtube video below. Thanks and happy holidays!

    Carolyn Sills


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