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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 ...
Ric Roman ...
Nick Castro
Richard Benedict ...
Melinda Plowman ...
Helen Park - Kid Sister
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Benedict ...
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 <>

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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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Why I quit the syndicate
8 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** True story of no good lying creep Jim Vaus Jr., Bill Williams, who after screwing everyone, friend enemy and family member, he ever came in contact with finally saw the light and became a "Mench", man in Yiddish, just before the curtain was to be dropped down on him. It was a long and hard road to redemption for Vaus who was about to go big time into the mob wire racket in him being the best wire man in the business. That's in getting the jump on race results all across the country in who's to win a particular horse or even dog race before the results are electronically wired in.

Being on the other side of the law was no big thing for Vaus who's been breaking It since he was in high school rigging elections as well as stealing the cash contributed to them by the students. Now dishonorably discharged from the US Army for stealing government issue he's married to the gal he left behind Alice, Georgia Lee, claiming to be a war hero not a low down rat which in fact he is. As expected Vaus seeking out a dishonest living with the local mob he ends up getting deeper into trouble where he ends up totally controlled by it. With a baby now and another on its way and with Alice determined to stand by him no matter what, even if she ends up spending a jail cell with him, Vaus is slated to go full time into the mobs wire racket or else end up six feet under if he doesn't.

***Spoilers*** It was a chance visit at the insistence of his wife Alice to attend a Billy Graham tent concert that finally turned Vaus' life around for the better. The spellbinding and heart lifting speech by Minsiter Graham convinced Vaus to do the right thing and nothing even a mobster bullet to the back of his head couldn't make him change his mind! Terrific ending with Jim Vaus throwing away his life of sin and redeeming himself from the evil that dominated and almost destroyed his entire life. And it was that chance encounter with Minister Graham that finally did the trick for him.

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