By AMY NICHOLSON
By ALAN SCHERSTUHL
By CAROLINA DEL BUSTO
By AMY NICHOLSON
By STEPHANIE ZACHAREK
By R. Scott Moxley
Usually, this far into December, we would've blurbed It's a Wonderful Life so many times we'd be absolutely sick of the darn thing. But this year there's been a remarkable scarcity of Christmas movies here in Special Screeningsland—at this writing, we've yet to blurb It's a Wonderful Life even once!—and we were ready for a blue Christmas indeed before the press release for The Bishop's Wife magically appeared in our inbox like a candy cane in our Christmas stocking. This 1947 holiday charmer stars Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young in the tale of a small-town bishop (Niven) who is so caught up in all the busywork of constructing a cathedral he is losing sight of his faith and neglecting his long-suffering wife (Young). He prays for guidance, but it looks like a mixed blessing when his prayers are answered by the appearance of a rakish angel (Grant) who seems to have an eye for the bishop's wife. This movie was remade as the 1996 Whitney Houston/Denzel Washington picture The Preacher's Wife, but don't hold that against it. The Bishop's Wife doesn't screen often—in fact, it's quite possible it hasn't had a public showing in these parts since 1947—so catch it while you can. Short subjects, cartoons and other goodies are also on the bill. Long Beach School for Adults Auditorium, 3701 E. Willow St., Long Beach, (562) 997-8000, ext. 7198. Fri., 7 p.m. $1 materials fee.
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