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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.
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 »


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Music by Edwin Eugene Bagley
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This Movie Should Not Be Forgotten!
15 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

I agree with many others who've commented about this wonderful movie. My sadness is that other generations have not been able to see it on TV, VHS, or DVD. Because of that, it has been lost to new fans. There are few movies that have captured the era after the turn of the century as well (although this one encompasses a period of time beyond that.) "The Strawberry Blonde" is another. David Wayne, always an under-rated screen actor was celebrated on Broadway, winning Tony Awards for playing Sakini in "Teahouse of the August Moon" and Og in "Finian's Rainbow. Here, we follow his character's life as a young man as he grows old with friends and family beside him and his love for Nellie everlasting. It's a touching story full of nostalgia. It deserves better. Isn't it amazing that so many of us remember it from our youth? That's how good it is.

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