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Wiretapper (1955)

Approved | | Action, Biography, Crime | 10 August 1955 (USA)
An army ex-con electronics engineer, sells his skills to a violent crime boss for big money, as his loving Christian wife begs him to stop.

Director:

Dick Ross

Writers:

Jim Vaus Jr. (autobiography "Why I Quit Syndicated Crime"), John O'Dea (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Bill Williams ... Jim Vaus Jr.
Georgia Lee Georgia Lee ... Alice Park Vaus
Douglas Kennedy ... Charles Rumsden
Phil Tead ... Mr. Wiggins - Postman
Stanley Clements ... Tony
Ric Roman ... Nick Castro
Richard Benedict ... Romato
Paul Picerni ... Herbie
Steve Conte ... Henchman
Melinda Casey Melinda Casey ... Helen Park - Kid Sister (as Melinda Plowman)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Benedict Martin Benedict ... Boy
Nick Benedict Nick Benedict
Brunella Bovo Brunella Bovo ... (as Barbara Hudson)
Evangeline Carmichael Evangeline Carmichael
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)
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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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Preaching For the Converted
27 February 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This is based on a memoir written by Jim Vaus Jr. with the revivalist preacher Billy Graham. Bill Williams stars as Vaus, a man who spent much of the Second World War in the stockade for "borrowing" US Army equipment. After he got out of the army, he married and found himself working for a local crime boss, first removing wiretaps, then installing them for his boss, then on to other crimes. Can even a sermon by Billy Graham save him?

At 85 minutes, it is a long-winded and dull affair. It makes its points repeatedly, the character are one-note and visually it's shot rather dully with flat lighting. Some of the issues can be laid at the issues of its didactic source, and some to the lack of excellent actors; Williams was an adequate supporting actor, but he's rather dull and the rest of the cast does not offer anything else.

A good Christian may of course find this movie more engrossing. As I have remarked in other reviews, faith is a mystery to me. However this strikes me as preaching to the converted.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

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