Has anyone else seen the original from 1951? (Not the remake from the early 1990’s with Danny Glover.)
I watched it last night and enjoyed it a great deal. There’s an interesting scene where the ill-tempered manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates who has been accused of speaking to non-existent angels calls to testify on his behalf a Protestant minister, a rabbi and a Catholic priest. After testifying that angels do exist according to scripture and tradition they ask the commissioner of baseball if they may be excused from the hearing early as they have tickets to an afternoon ballgame that is about to begin.
One odd thing that I’ve noticed in a number of Hollywood movies that deal with angels is that it’s assumed or suggested that angels used to be human beings. The manager wonders aloud which famous ballplayer (Christy Mathewson, Lou Gherig, Ty Cobb, even Babe Ruth(!)) his guardian angel was during his human lifetime. Whereas I thought that it’s standard orthodox Christian belief that angels are another category of creature altogether from humans (angelos = messengers, i.e. God’s messengers), not humans who have died and been promoted to some higher status.
Recall that in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” the angel Clarence has some kind of former existence as a human being. And so I think does the angel played by Cary Grant in “The Bishop’s Wife”.