Poster with an illustration of actress Pier Angeli and film details
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFred Zinnemann
Screenplay byStewart Stern
Story by
Produced byArthur Loew, Jr.
CinematographyWilliam Miller
Edited by
Music byLouis Applebaum
Distributed byLoew's Inc.
Release date
  • April 5, 1951 (1951-04-05) (NYC)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,783,000[1]

Teresa is a 1951 American romantic drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Pier Angeli and John Ericson. The film's screenplay was written by Stewart Stern based on a story he wrote with Alfred Hayes, for which they were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story.


Phillip Cass, a sensitive young man, is saddled with a mother from hell. While fighting in Italy during World War II, he marries a sweet, young Italian woman (Pier Angeli) who might be able to change his life and satisfy his desire to be loved. Readjustment proves difficult as the young couple have to share a New York apartment with his parents and sister, while Philip feels a failure at menial jobs. The birth of a baby finally gives the couple new hope.



According to MGM records, the film made $743,000 in the United States and Canada, and $1,004,000 elsewhere, recording a profit of $421,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Mannix, Eddie. The Eddie Mannix Ledger. Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ Brady, Thomas F. (February 11, 1951). "Speculative Filmmaking on Low Budgets Increases ...". The New York Times.