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Wiretapper (1955)

Approved | | Action, Biography, Crime | 10 August 1955 (USA)
Jin Vaus, Jr., U.S. Army electronics expert, is sentenced to a stockade term for unauthorized use of government equipment. He keeps it a secret from his fiancée, Alice, and pretends he has ... See full summary »

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(autobiography "Why I Quit Syndicated Crime"), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Jim Vaus Jr.
Georgia Lee ...
Alice Park Vaus
Douglas Kennedy ...
Charles Rumsden
Phil Tead ...
Mr. Wiggins - Postman
Stanley Clements ...
Tony
Ric Roman ...
Nick Castro
Richard Benedict ...
Romato
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Herbie
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Melinda Plowman ...
Helen Park - Kid Sister
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Martin Benedict ...
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Nick Benedict
Brunella Bovo ...
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Evangeline Carmichael
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Jin Vaus, Jr., U.S. Army electronics expert, is sentenced to a stockade term for unauthorized use of government equipment. He keeps it a secret from his fiancée, Alice, and pretends he has been overseas when he is discharged, and they are married.. He opens an electrical engineering company and becomes involved with a gangster mob headed by Charles Rumsden. She begs him to quit but he is useful to the crooks, discovering wiretaps, setting up alarm systems and even saving a hoodlum's life by disconnecting a time bomb. Gang-member Tony urges Jim to invent a device that could tap lines carrying race results and delay them so they could make some big money on post-race betting. After Tony is killed by a fellow mobster, Alice persuades Jim to attend a tent meeting held by evangelist Billy Graham. Graham's sermon and words so inspire Jim that he gives up his criminal activities. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The true-life drama of the man who kept the Gangsters, the Gamblers and the Bookies always one step ahead of the law - until the moment when he tapped in on a direct line to God!


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10 August 1955 (USA)  »

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O Preço da Vingança  »

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Pretty good for its day!
14 November 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I would agree that this film is of a B quality, but does that really matter, considering who it was made by? This is a religious film tackling a very non-religious subject, which has always been very difficult to convey convincingly on the Big Screen. Never-the-less, from a historical point of view, I think the "message" is well conveyed, and the film should be released on DVD for future generations to appreciate. For reasons I find difficult to explain, I regard this film in the same league as the 1959 gangster movie "Al Capone" - it has almost exactly the same "feel" to it, except in "Wiretapper" the crook realises his mistakes, and makes amends. See it for yourself, then judge it for yourself, but remember, you will never see another religious film like it!


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