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Teresa (1951)

Approved | | Drama | 22 June 1951 (Australia)
A reluctant soldier, Peter, serves in Italy during WWII. He marries a local girl named Teresa and brings her to the US.


Fred Zinnemann


Stewart Stern (screen play), Alfred Hayes (original story) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Pier Angeli ... Teresa Russo
John Ericson ... Philip Cass
Patricia Collinge ... Clara Cass
Richard Bishop Richard Bishop ... Mr. Cass
Peggy Ann Garner ... Susan Cass
Ralph Meeker ... Sgt. Dobbs
Bill Mauldin ... Grissom
Ave Ninchi ... Sra. Russo
Edward Binns ... Sgt. Brown
Rod Steiger ... Frank
Aldo Silvani Aldo Silvani ... Professor Crocce
Tommy Lewis Tommy Lewis ... Walter
Franco Interlenghi ... Mario Russo
Edith Atwater ... Mrs. Lawrence
Lewis E. Ciannelli Lewis E. Ciannelli ... Cheyenne (as Lewis Cianelli)


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 Huggo

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The Story of a Bride




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Film debut of Edward Binns. See more »


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 »


Mrs. Clara Cass, Philip's Mother: [to Philip] You'll never be a salesman, sonny.
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Well Acted and Filmed Psychological Romantic Melodrama
9 August 2014 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

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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English | Italian

Release Date:

22 June 1951 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Geschichte einer Braut See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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