Wiretappers (1956)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Docudrama  |   Release Date - Aug 10, 1955 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Also known as Wiretapper and The Jim Vaus Story, this low-budget production begins as a crime melodrama, then bumpily segues into a religious tract. Bill Williams stars as the real-life Jim Vaus, who for many years was a minor functionary in two major crime syndicates. The wastrel son of a minister, Vaus was "born again"late in life, and as a result he agreed to gather evidence against his mob bosses--including the notorious Mickey Cohen. The Rev. Billy Graham appears as "himself", whom the real Jim Vaus credited for his latter-day conversion to Christ. Wiretapper was adapted from Vaus' autobiography, Why I Quit Syndicated Crime.

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salvation, gangster, reform [improve], religion