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The Bishop's Wife

The Bishop's Wife(1948)

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  • This first filming was directed by William A. Seiter, but Samuel Goldwyn Jr. didn't like it and so he asked Henry Koster for a completely new film. The preview-audience didn't like the new version, so Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett had to rewrite a couple of scenes without screen screen credit.
  • The film was originally cast with 'Niven, David' as the Angel and Cary Grant as the Bishop. Grant had signed to play the Bishop, but eventually agreed to swap parts with Niven.
  • One scene shows Grant and Loretta Young in a conversation. Koster staged this with the two facing each other, but both complained the this showed the "wrong" sid e of their faces. In order to show the "right" side, they both had to be looking screen left, which made a face-to-face talk impossible to film. Koster had a window set piece brought in, and he filmed it from outside, with both looking out in the same direction, Grant behind Young. The next day, producer Samuel Goldwyn visited the set after seeing dailies and berated Koster for shooting the scene in that manner. Koster replied by asking Young and Grant to explain why the scene was shot that way. After both told Goldwyn about the "right" and "wrong" sides of their faces, Goldwyn said "Look, if I'm only getting half a face, you're only getting half a salary!" and stormed off the set. The subject of "right" and "wrong" sides never came up again.


  • Holz (2008-12-02)

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    Teresa Wright was playing the bishop's wife in the William A. Seiter version until the director was abruptly fired. She was not recast as she was then pregnant. Samuel Goldwyn's decision to start the film over again was a costly one, as $1 million had already been spent.

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