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The Bishop Misbehaves (1935)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime | 13 September 1935 (USA)
On a walking tour of English cathedrals, Donald Meadows meets Hester Granthem in church. Hearing he is from that hot-bed of crime, Chicago, Hester asks Donald to help her in a robbery she ... See full summary »


Ewald André Dupont (as E.A. Dupont)


Leon Gordon (screen play), Frederick J. Jackson (from the play by) (as Frederick Jackson)


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Complete credited cast:
Edmund Gwenn ... Bishop
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Hester
Lucile Watson ... Lady Emily
Reginald Owen ... Guy Waller
Dudley Digges ... 'Red'
Norman Foster ... Donald
Lilian Bond ... Mrs. Waller
Melville Cooper ... Collins
Robert Greig ... Rosalind
Charles McNaughton Charles McNaughton ... 'Frenchy'
Etienne Girardot ... Brooke
Ivan F. Simpson ... Mr. Grantham (as Ivan Simpson)
Lumsden Hare ... Constable
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andy Clyde ... (scenes deleted)
Charles Coleman ... Commissionaire (scenes deleted)


On a walking tour of English cathedrals, Donald Meadows meets Hester Granthem in church. Hearing he is from that hot-bed of crime, Chicago, Hester asks Donald to help her in a robbery she has planned. Thinking it a joke, he plays along; but Hester is serious, and hearing that she plans to rob Mr. Waller, the man who has cheated her father out of thousands of pounds, Donald agrees. A robbery at a pub is arranged, but the Bishop of Broadminster, an avid mystery fan, and his sister stumble into it. Playing detective the Bishop complicates matters and each side, the Bishop, the unscrupulous Waller, the gang Hester hires, and Hester and Donald, each get the upper hand along the way. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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The Theatre's Comedy Success - Now a Screen Hit!


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Release Date:

13 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventuras de uma Noite See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial television broadcast in Los Angeles Thursday 2 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Cincinnati 15 May 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), by Philadelphia 28 June 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Chicago 20 July 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Seattle 26 July 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by New Haven CT 1 August 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), by Miami 8 August 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), by Lubbock TX 11 August 1957 on KCBD (Channel 11), by Norfolk VA 13 August 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), by Portland OR 24 August 1957 on KGW), by Minneapolis 20 September 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), and eventually by San Francisco 27 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and by New York City 28 September 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


After Donald photographs, then meets Hester in church, he leaves to continue to take pictures. In the next scene, Donald's shadow can be seen on the backdrop as he takes more pictures. See more »


Abide with Me
(1861) (uncredited)
Music by William H. Monk
Hymn by Henry F. Lyte (1847)
Sung a cappella by Etienne Girardot
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A Heavenly Performance From Edmund Gwenn
21 June 2001 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

THE BISHOP MISBEHAVES, perhaps just a little, when he sets aside his ecclesiastical duties to attempt solving a puzzling robbery in a neighboring pub.

This is a splendid little crime comedy from MGM, sadly neglected, which boasts fine production values and, most especially, delightful performances from a small constellation of first-rate character actors.

Edmund Gwenn - in his American movie debut - is charming in the title role, a small, cherubic cleric who loves to read detective novels. Incisive & methodical, he misses very little and faces danger with bubbling enthusiasm. Watching him deal with an assortment of villains is great entertainment. Lucile Watson, as his elderly sister, also plays her part with a superb sense of fun.

As the romantic interests, Maureen O' Sullivan & Norman Foster add a fine comedic flair to their roles. Here's a pair of lovebirds who don't mind getting involved in theft & kidnapping - for a good cause. (Mr. Foster would eventually become a director of fine repute, associating with Orson Welles & Walt Disney.)

Reginald Owen makes a marvelous, blustery bad guy. Robert Greig, instead of portraying one of his usual plumy butlers, surprises as a Limehouse lowlife who enjoys needlepoint while plotting crimes. Clicking, chittering Etienne Girardot is hilarious as Gwenn's nervous amanuensis. Lilian Bond, Dudley Digges & Melville Cooper round out the excellent cast.

If only the Church of England could have more bishops like Edmund Gwenn...

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