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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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The battle scenes were filmed in Itay where actual fighting took place during WWII. 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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Referenced in Death in Hollywood (1990) See more »

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21 March 2002 | by howdymaxSee all my reviews

This is one depressing movie. So many of the lead characters are unpleasant, it really is difficult to know where to start. Let me begin with the most unpleasant character of all. John Ericson. He began as a Mama's Boy, joined the Army and became a misfit and coward, married and was a lousy husband, and finally walked out on his responsibilities as a father. Throughout the movie he whines, cries, and bitches about his lot in life. One has to wonder, even with the demands of war, how he ever got into the service. In his first encounter with the enemy - he is reduced to a quivering blob crying for his buddy and finally ending up in the loony ward with "battle fatigue".

He gets married to Pier Angeli (more later) in Italy just as the war ends. It baffles me how the Army would ever give permission to a guy like him to marry anyone. Once he rotates and his child-bride joins him at home in New York, we begin to discover what a worm he really is.

His mother dominates him and his father is a total wimp. His sister is a totally unlikable snot. The movie keeps flashing forward to his visit with a mental health pro at the VA. I don't know why. There is nothing they could do for him, although the writers would like you to think so. His problem is his mommy, but he attaches himself to anyone he thinks can prop him up. Aggh, it irritates me just to talk about him.

Pier Angeli, on the other hand, makes this movie. Her performance (at 18 yo) is dazzling. She is beautiful, sensitive, and totally sincere. She is clearly in love with Phillip, and wise enough to understand his problem - even if he won't.

It is, as I said, an unpleasant movie. But it was well shot and, I have to admit, a thoughtful movie. All in all, it was worth watching.

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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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