Wait till the Sun Shines, Nellie (film)

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Wait till the Sun Shines, Nellie
Directed by Henry King
Produced by George Jessel
Written by Maxwell Shane
Allan Scott (adaptation)
Based on I Hear Them Sing
by Ferdinand Reyher
Starring Jean Peters
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Leon Shamroy
Edited by Barbara McLean
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox
Release date
July 1952
Running time
108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.25 million (US rentals)[1]

Wait till the Sun Shines, Nellie is a 1952 film drama directed by Henry King, sharing the name of a popular song. It stars Jean Peters and David Wayne.[2]


Expecting to honeymoon in Chicago and live there, newlywed Nellie is disappointed when she and Ben Halper disembark from their train at a small town in Illinois, where he has chosen to live and run a barber shop.

Ben lies to his wife, claiming the shop is only rented and likewise their home, when actually he has purchased both. Nellie gives birth to their two children, but wants so much to see Chicago that when Ben is away, she accepts an offer from Ed Jordan, a hardware store owner, to visit the big city together. In a train wreck, Nellie is killed.

The thought that his wife might have been unfaithful haunts Ben over the coming years. His children grow up, and Ben Jr. decides against his father's wishes to go to Chicago as a dancer in a vaudeville act.

Ben becomes a grandfather and his son serves in World War I, where he is injured and can no longer dance. Ben Jr. takes a job with a Chicago racketeer named Kava, to his father's shame. One day, both Ben Jr. and his boss are gunned down by machine guns.

An elderly Ben Halper looks back on his life with regret, his greatest remaining pleasure being that his granddaughter, Nellie, grows up to exactly resemble the woman he long ago married.



  1. ^ 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953
  2. ^ "Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (1952) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie. 

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