Starring: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley, James Gleason, Gladys George, Elsa Lanchester
Director: Henry Koster
Summary: An angel helps set an ambitious bishop on the right track
Other Nominations: Director, Dramatic/Comedy Score, Sound Recording*, Film Editing
-The entire success of this movie comes down to Cary Grant being at peak charmingness as the angel. When I first saw Grant in She Done Him Wrong, The Awful Truth and The Philadelphia Story, I liked him but he never clicked as someone great; since then, I’ve seen him in Suspicion and this movie, which made me realize not only his charm, but his range as well and why he was such a treasure. More on this later, but without him in that role, this becomes just a corny movie.
-For the most part, the movie successfully balances being cute and overly-sweet, although I think there were one too many angel jokes
-While it’s a light and easy family comedy, it lacks any sort of emotional resonance or really funny parts that would make it anything really memorable. As is, it’s a solid movie, but with a better script it could have been something more
-Film originally had Cary Grant as the Bishop, Teresa Wright as the Wife, David Niven as the Angel and William A. Seiter as Director. Producer Samuel Goldwyn didn’t like what he was seeing, so he fired Seiter and scrapped what was a half-completed film. Wright got pregnant during the delay and therefore had to be replaced. However, what changed everything is when new director Henry Koster looked at the footage and realized that Grant and Niven should have their roles reversed, which is what made the film work in my opinion.
Easy to watch and enjoyable comedy for all ages that features a terrific performance by Cary Grant