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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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Jim Vaus Jr.
Georgia Lee ...
Alice Park Vaus
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Charles Rumsden
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Mr. Wiggins - Postman
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Tony
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Nick Castro
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Romato
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Herbie
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Henchman
Melinda Plowman ...
Helen Park - Kid Sister
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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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Looks like a film noir, turns out to be a commercial for an evangelist
29 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Billed as the true story of an electronics expert of weak moral character who drifts into working for the mob, this film starts out as a well-made crime drama and turns into a tribute to the Rev. Billy Graham, who plays himself. Some people may be turned on or off by that, some may find it comical. Just letting you know.


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