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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.


Henry King


Ferdinand Reyher (novel), Allan Scott (adaptation) | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Jean Peters ... Nellie Halper
David Wayne ... Ben Halper
Hugh Marlowe ... Ed Jordan
Albert Dekker ... Lloyd Slocum
Helene Stanley ... Eadie Jordan
Tommy Morton ... Benny Halper Jr.
Joyce Mackenzie ... Bessie Jordan
Alan Hale Jr. ... George Oliphant
Richard Karlan Richard Karlan ... Mike Kava
Bill Walker ... Robert Waverly Ferris aka Trooper (as William Walker)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hutchinson Municipal Band Hutchinson Municipal Band ... Sevillinois Band
Marie Benson Marie Benson ... Extra
Glenna Haines Glenna Haines ... Gossipy spinster
Billy Hamilton Billy Hamilton ... Sign Painter
George Holloway 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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Did You Know?


Henri King would have liked to impose the newcomer Marylin Monroe in the title role, which would have accentuated the historical aspect, but the production refused. Jean Peters, who would get the role, would partner with Monroe in Henry Hathaway's Niagara a year later. 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 rogercg1See 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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Release Date:

July 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seein' Nellie Home See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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