I first watched The Bishop’s Wife over ten years ago. I remember liking it when I saw it, and as I was scrolling through Amazon Prime’s holiday offerings looking for something not-horrible, I saw that it was available. I watched it on the 19th, and I really enjoyed it this time. Maybe I was multitasking the first time I watched it because again I remembered very little about this movie.
I don’t want to spoil the plot for you, so I won’t tell you what happens in the movie. I will say that you should watch this movie. It’s well acted. The plot is interesting. It’s cute. It’s funny. It’s got Cary Grant in it. What’s not to love. I am Cary Grant fan. You?
But there’s another reason to watch this film. There’s an actress playing the maid that might look familiar to you. As I was watching it this year I thought, huh, that actress seems familiar. As the movie progressed it came to me. She plays the Bride of Frankenstein in the 1935 film. Whoa! Here she is in the 1947 film looking nothing like her monstrous self from the previous film, but she has such amazing eyes and eyebrows, and the contour of her face is remarkable. I was so happy to see her.
I also noticed a few other familiar faces in this film. Two of the child actors from It’s a Wonderful Life (IAWL) are in this movie. The girl who plays Zuzu and the boy who plays a young George are in the film. The woman who plays the piano in this movie I think is also in IAWL. Again, pleasure. I love intertextuality, and it felt like an intertextual moment to see the stars from the 1947 film showing up in the 1948 film.
If you haven’t watched this film, it’s a must-see. If you have seen it, watch it again. It’s a delight!