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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.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"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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Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie
Written by Andrew B. Sterling and Harry von Tilzer
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Moving, personal look changes in a small town the first half of the twentieth century.
8 July 2005 | by chasandsally-1See all my reviews

Although this isn't a "great film," there's something compelling and memorable about it. Like another commenter on the film, I saw this in childhood. It's been thirty three years since 1952, but I have never forgotten the story or its ridiculously cumbersome title. See it if you have the opportunity. You'll feel like a voyeur of small town life as it evolves through the decades. More than any other film, this one brings a human face to the historical drama of early twentieth century "progress." It's engaging enough for a young viewer and memorable enough for an older one. Furthermore, it's easy to like the characters and watch their passage through time.


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