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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 »



(autobiography "Why I Quit Syndicated Crime"), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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An actress, a factory worker and a jet pilot all face up to their personal problems after attending a rally by Dr. Billy Graham

Directors: Leonard Reeve, Dick Ross
Stars: Joan Winmill Brown, Eric Micklewood, Charles Leno


Credited cast:
Jim Vaus Jr.
Georgia Lee ...
Alice Park Vaus
Charles Rumsden
Phil Tead ...
Mr. Wiggins - Postman
Stanley Clements ...
Ric Roman ...
Nick Castro
Melinda Plowman ...
Helen Park - Kid Sister
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Benedict ...
Nick Benedict
Brunella Bovo ...
(as Barbara Hudson)
Evangeline Carmichael
Narrator (voice)


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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Story is interesting, acting not particularly compelling
23 November 2005 | by (Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

Even for a movie in 1955, Wiretapper's definitely a B to C level picture. It's a shame because the story is interesting in itself..it's brought down by the acting.

It does contains one of the best sequences of a then young Billy Graham preaching the best I've heard him (whether in person, on TV or in movies).

I suppose the fact that the man the story is about, Jim Vaus, didn't exactly live up to the great truths he learned from Billy Graham in later years tainted my view of the story a bit....he may not have worked for the mob in the 1970s, but he still did some 'wiretapping' while supposedly helping young people in the San Diego area.

Still, the story was good and it's too bad we are subjected to a movie where the acting is below the level of even television from the same era. Also it is in black and white when most films in this era were color. Definitely low budget.

If you have the chance, see "The Prodigal" or some of the later Graham pictures for some better acting.

But for a chance to see classic preaching by Graham, you can skip ahead to that part of the film.

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