1946. Married Philip Cass and Teresa Cass née Russo met when Philip, an American infantryman, was stationed in war ravaged Bologna where the Russos live. Philip's sensitive nature, which translated into respect for Teresa and her family, only strengthened their relationship, their marriage in Bologna which was blessed by her family. However, that sensitive nature, the result of self-doubt, usually results in he running away from any situation not inherent to his general being, which made him less than an ideal soldier and a potential liability on the battlefield. They thought little about the broader aspects of their marriage beyond what was the exuberance of the then and there. The realities of their situation set in when Philip went home to New York City followed shortly by Teresa under the American's war bride policy. Living with Philip's family in the Casses' already cramped inner city apartment, Philip and Teresa will discover if their marriage can withstand the strains of their ...Written by
When Philip trades his watch for C-rations, he asks for 12 cans, but receives only about six - all that will fit into his helmet. Later, when he takes them to Teresa's room there appears to be more cans, but still not a dozen. See more »
Well Acted and Filmed Psychological Romantic Melodrama
This is a Tough One to Like because while it is Filmed Exquisitely and the Performances are Top Notch, it is a Movie that has some Very Unlikable Characters. Necessity Determined to Show the Flaws in these Folks, because that's the Story being Told, it is Nevertheless Not Very Entertaining.
Film Noir can Approach the Angst and Suffering of Returning Vets with Stylistic Flourishes and a Snappy Script. But here it is the Drumbeat of Dreadful Psychological Impairment Suffered by John Ericson from Frame One that is a Heavy Load and is Never Lightened by the Angelic Pier Angeli.
She has a Viginal Charm Combined with a Worldly Wisdom brought on by the War and Her Family's Condition. They Live in a Bombed Out Building, Her Brother has an Amputated Arm, and They are All Next to Starvation.
So After She Marries this Basket Case with a Mother Fixation She is Believably Up to the Task of Supporting His Debilitating Condition Until the Inevitable Hollywood Happy Ending that is Typical of MGM's Take on Film-Noir and Socially Relevant Stories.
Overall, Above Average and should be Given Kudos for an Attempt to take a Look at some Disturbing Psychological Impairments that were Never MGM's Strong Suit.
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