Release dateAugust 10, 1955 (1955-08-10) WriterJim Vaus Jr. (autobiography "Why I Quit Syndicated Crime"), John ODea (screenplay), Billy Graham (sermon) CastBill Williams (James Arthur Vaus, Jr.), Georgia Lee (Alice Rosealba Vaus), Douglas Kennedy (Charles Rumsden), Paul Picerni (Herbie), Stanley Clements (Tony), Ric Roman (Nick Castro) GenresAction Film, Drama, Biographical film, Crime Fiction Related Dick Ross moviesShadow of the Boomerang (1960), The Heart Is a Rebel (1958), The Late Liz (1971), The Restless Ones (1965)
Wiretapper is a 1955 crime action biopic directed by Dick Ross, written by John O'Dea, starring Bill Williams, Georgia Lee and Douglas Kennedy. The scenario of the film was based on a true story of Jim Vaus Jr.
Jim Vaus returns from the war and marries Alice. He struggles to make a living. He was hired by Charles Rumsden to fix a doorbell, and realizes that his client is a mob boss. Alice discovers the source of Jim's income and their relationship was expired and strained to the breaking point. She forces Jim to attend a Billy Graham's Los Angeles Crusade, in her attempt to save their marriage and Jim's soul.
During the late 1940s, Jim Vaus Jr. worked for the police and for mobster Mickey Cohen. The story of Jim Vaus was described in magazines: Time, Life and Reader’s Digest. Jim Vaus described his own story in his autobiography "Why I Quit Syndicated Crime" (1951). This autobiography was used by John O'Dea for a film scenario. In 2007 Will Vaus, son of Jim, published book My Father Was a Gangster.