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Director  Dick Ross
Produced by  World Wide Pictures
Country  United States
5.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Action, Biography, Crime
Duration  
Language  English
Wiretapper movie poster
Release date  August 10, 1955 (1955-08-10)
Writer  Jim Vaus Jr. (autobiography "Why I Quit Syndicated Crime"), John ODea (screenplay), Billy Graham (sermon)
Cast  Bill Williams (James Arthur Vaus, Jr.), Georgia Lee (Alice Rosealba Vaus), Douglas Kennedy (Charles Rumsden), Paul Picerni (Herbie), Stanley Clements (Tony), Ric Roman (Nick Castro)
Genres  Action Film, Drama, Biographical film, Crime Fiction
Related Dick Ross movies  Shadow of the Boomerang (1960), The Heart Is a Rebel (1958), The Late Liz (1971), The Restless Ones (1965)

Wiretapper 1955


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.

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Plot

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.

Scenario

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.

Cast

  • Bill Williams as Jim Vaus Jr.
  • Georgia Lee as Alice Park Vaus
  • Douglas Kennedy as Charles Rumsden
  • Phil Tead as Mr. Wiggins – Postman
  • Stanley Clements as Tony
  • Ric Roman as Nick Castro
  • Richard Benedict as Romato
  • Paul Picerni as Herbie
  • Steve Conte as Henchman
  • Melinda Plowman as Helen Park – Kid Sister
  • Billy Graham as himself (uncredited)
  • References

    Wiretapper Wikipedia
    Wiretapper IMDb Wiretapper themoviedb.org


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