A reluctant soldier, Peter, serves in Italy during WWII. He marries a local girl named Teresa and brings her to the US.



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Credited cast:
Teresa Russo
Philip Cass
Patricia Collinge ...
Mrs. Clara Cass, Philip's Mother
Richard Bishop ...
Mr. Cass, Philip's Father
Susan Cass
Sgt. Dobbs
Bill Mauldin ...
Ave Ninchi ...
Teresa's Mother
Sgt. Brown
Aldo Silvani ...
Professor Crocce
Tommy Lewis ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guido Martufi ...
Sergio, Teresa's little brother


A reluctant soldier, Peter, serves in Italy during WWII. He marries a local girl named Teresa and brings her to the US.

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Release Date:

22 June 1951 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Teresa - die Geschichte einer Braut  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Rod Steiger's first film. See more »


Mrs. Clara Cass, Philip's Mother: [to Philip] You'll never be a salesman, sonny.
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Angeli Delivers the Goods
28 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Teresa", is a movie that is time well spent for several reasons. Patricia Collinge delivers a performance atypical of the most memorable characters she had played to that point in her career. When I think of Collinge, I think of her as the quintessential, albeit clueless mother in Hitchcock's, "Shadow Of A Doubt". The other character was the sympathetic, "Aunt Birdie", from the director, William Wyler's classic film, "The Little Foxes". Collinge, in "Teresa", is spine chilling as a domineering mother / mother-in-law from Hell. She is a great performer. The next reason to recommend spending time viewing this film is for the fine effort by the brilliant director, Fred Zinneman. His talents lend a positive element which makes the film artistically better than good. He was truly a great director. Finally, there is the powerful, yet poignant performance by Pier Angeli. She was perfectly cast as the young girl from post war Italy, who falls in love with an American soldier. Angeli was young, pretty and believable in her role. Zinneman really squeezed a gem of an acting performance from Pier Angeli that left me most moved. The story itself is good, with some predictability, but not to a degree that would make one roll their eyes. I saw this movie just once, several years ago. I am more critical than most when I watch a film. I have been hoping TCM would run it again, as this movie, "Teresa", left a very favorable impression on me. I wholeheartedly recommend this film to lovers of classic films, and to those who like stories from the post WWII era. The other elements are that, "Teresa", offers a good viewing for fans of love stories and stories involving strong, heroic female characters.

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