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Wiretapper (1955)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Bill Williams ...
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
...
Herbie
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Henchman
Melinda Plowman ...
Helen Park - Kid Sister
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Benedict ...
Boy
Nick Benedict
Brunella Bovo ...
(as Barbara Hudson)
Evangeline Carmichael
Art Gilmore ...
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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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The Rest of the Story
9 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even though this movie is about my father, Jim Vaus, I agree with one of the other reviews that the acting in "Wiretapper" is not the best, even for a 1950's B movie. I admit that I am biased, but I think this story is worthy of better treatment.

That being said, I agree with the review which stated that this movie is worth seeing just to get a look at Billy Graham preaching in his early days. And the ending of the movie always has a positive impact on audiences with whom I have viewed the movie.

As the son of Jim Vaus, I obviously don't agree with the reviewer who did not feel that my father's later life lived up to the conversion portrayed in this movie. For anyone interested in the true story behind the Wiretapper, and "the rest of the story" of what happened to my father after his conversion in 1949, you may want to read my book, "My Father Was a Gangster: The Jim Vaus Story", published by Believe Books in 2007.


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