10 Christmas films sure to put you in the Holiday spirit!!

Movie #6 is… This one’s a lost classic… “The Bishop’s Wife!”

The Bishop's Wife

I just can’t wrap my brain around this one! I just don’t understand why this film fell through the cracks! It’s nothing short of magical and has such a warm, beautiful message at the end. They play it every year on t.v. but most people I talk to haven’t seen it.

Now, don’t get this one confused with “The Preacher’s Wife,” starring a young Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington. “The Preacher’s Wife” is a modern adaptation of “The Bishop’s Wife” and does not compare to this film one bit. I just can’t understand why they won’t leave the classics alone. This film is perfect in every which way and has definitely survived the times to secure itself a spot on the  Christmas Classics list. So, if nothing comes of my top ten list at least I got a few people to watch this beautiful film. I myself didn’t see it until a few years ago, so don’t feel guilty if you missed it.

Cary Grant is perfectly picked as the angel, along with Loretta Young and David Niven to make an all star cast. If you want to get your kids and family into the old black and white films, Christmas is the perfect time to mold their brains. My love for the older music and films came while celebrating Christmas. After falling in love with Bing Crosby’s, Frank Sinatra’s and Burl Ives’ Christmas songs, I ended up opening my ears to the older music. Then I saw “It’s a Wonderful Life” and was hooked on classic films as well.

Christmas is one of those rare times of year where we welcome the classics and blend them with the modern. Christmas is a time of reminiscing and thinking about the Christmas’s long ago. This nostalgic holiday is the perfect time for recognizing old traditions and making new ones to practice for years to come. The classic movies and music, show their true talent during this season and make new young fans every year. So, if you want to open your family’s eyes to great black and white films, start here. “The Bishop’s Wife” will catapult you into the Christmas spirit with the sound of sleigh bells, that classic film quality and a beautiful, simple story about an angel named Dudley.

The Description- A Bishop named Henry prays for help getting his town’s Cathedral built. An angel named Dudley soon responds and is only known to be an angel by the Clergy men.

But Dudley is not there to help get the Cathedral built, he is there for guidance. You soon find out that Henry’s relationship with his family is strained. Through all of his political posturing, Dudley discovers Henry has lost touch with his wife. So, Dudley tries to help fix this, but there is one problem… Dudley finds himself falling for “The Bishop’s Wife.”

How can you not want to see this film? The plot is so rich and genius. It’s the perfect scenario for a Christmas film and let me tell you, they execute it perfectly. You will be glued to the tv wondering how the drama will play out while, in the meantime, enjoying holiday spirit lifting scenes.  We need to revive this film and make it a Christmas classic watched by all once again. “The Bishop’s Wife” is one of those rare films that perfectly blends tradition with a warm Christmas message. This film is sure to make your family thirst for more black and white films in the future.

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2 thoughts on “10 Christmas films sure to put you in the Holiday spirit!!

  1. caragale says:

    I didn’t love this film, but Grant is great in it, and I can see why it’s a classic. Nice review!

  2. dmacmunn says:

    Yeah, this one is a hit or miss and that’s probably why it is forgotten every year. But I always seem to get teary eyed when the Bishop gives that speech at the end of the movie. It really gives me the Christmas feeling. You should see it again and see if it does the same for you.

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