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Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (1952)

Approved | | Drama | July 1952 (USA)
At the fiftieth anniversary of his town's founding, the town's first barber recalls his long-dead, spirited bride and the flaw in his own character that helped bring about her loss and others.



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Credited cast:
Nellie Halper
Ben Halper
Ed Jordan
Lloyd Slocum
Eadie Jordan
Benny Halper Jr.
Joyce Mackenzie ...
Bessie Jordan
George Oliphant
Richard Karlan ...
Mike Kava
Bill Walker ...
Robert Waverly Ferris aka Trooper (as William Walker)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hutchinson Municipal Band ...
Sevillinois Band
Marie Benson ...
Glenna Haines ...
Gossipy spinster
Billy Hamilton ...
Sign Painter
George Holloway ...
Taxicab driver


Ben Halper sets up his barber's shop at the turn of the century in Sevillinois and watches the town grow around him. Thinking it is for the best, he tries to shield his wife Nellie from the worries of the world. She finally rebels while he is away at war and takes a fateful trip to Chicago. This turns out to be the first of a number of critical family crises for Ben. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Worth Waiting For! The Romance, The Music, The Heartbeat of a Nation!




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Release Date:

July 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Seein' Nellie Home  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 4, 1953 with Jean Peters and David Wayne reprising their film roles. See more »


Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie
Written by Andrew B. Sterling and Harry von Tilzer
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An Underrated Classic.
17 August 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This will touch nerves among those of us who ponder what-might-have-been. The title sounds like it's one of those ha-ha overbright 1950s musicals....but in reality, it's a bittersweet flashback tale of a half-century slice of one man's life as a small-town barber, where fate has permanently halted his dreams of success in the big city.

The film steers clear of the cardboard clichés that such films were fond of in the '50s; instead we get thoughtful vignettes (most beautifully photographed) of the progression of events, big and small, through one man's days and years. As such, it becomes at times a mirror that we look into. David Wayne's performance is stunning, and all the other players are ideally cast as well.

This could be the perfect movie.

There are a number of moments of screen magic, but I can't forget the quiet scene of final transition near the film's end as the camera pans away from the barbershop and we find ourselves in the present day.

You'll cheer for the barber, folks. And don't go through life without seeing "Wait 'Til The Sun Shines, Nellie". It's the kind of film greatness we no longer see.

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