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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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"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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Evoking a Past Age
27 July 1999 | by KirasjeriSee all my reviews

This is the story of a martyr barber starting in the 1890's in a small town and spaning forty years. He suffers one disaster after another - and if you pay attention it was his own fault, such as lying to his wife right at the start. Nonetheless, David Wayne, a major Bdwy star who lost role after role to the movie versions, does a nice job, and Jean Peters is pulchritudinous - and Howard Hughes wife. Never on video - too bad. I'd like to see it again after twenty years or so when it appeared on late-night/early morning TV.

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Release Date:

July 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seein' Nellie Home See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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