Time: 109 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
Won Academy Award for Best Sound. Nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Score.
This semi-serious comedy casts Cary Grant as Dudley, a cheeky angel sent to Earth to help Henry (Niven), a struggling bishop, recover his faith and reinvigorate his marriage. A little jealousy what man wouldn't be worried about his wife falling for Grant goes a long way to curing the latter matter. Finding ways to open the bishop's eyes about his failing congregation, which is due to his obsession with building a new cathedral, takes some heavenly inspiration and a few dirty tricks.
What Dudley fails to anticipate are his burgeoning feelings for Julia (Young), the loving, lovely and devoted wife of the bishop. While he never strays from his true purpose, he begins to truly enjoy his attempts to make the bishop jealous. Julia is the type of woman every man wants to marry. She's sacrificed much personal happiness for the good of her husband's career and congregation. As attractive as Dudley is, his attention to her only makes Julia miss her husband more, causing her to redouble her efforts to rekindle the joy that's recently been absent from their marriage.
Though spiritual in nature, this is not an overly preachy film, allowing the characters and situations to speak for themselves. That being said, it's chock full of the holiday spirit and is, for the most part, undeniable upbeat. Grant's a little too suave and mischievous to be completely believable as an angel, but his heart's in the right place and his performance is so charming and inspired you won't really care. Major kudos also goes out to Young, whose measured turn is so honest and open there's no way any man, even a heavenly one, could resist her sweet, smart and kind-hearted nature.