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I Am the Law (1938)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  25 August 1938 (USA)
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Law professor John Lindsay is asked by a civic leader to become a special prosecutor to go after the racketeers in town.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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John Lindsay
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Jerry Lindsay
John Beal ...
Paul Ferguson
Wendy Barrie ...
Frances 'Frankie' Ballou
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Eugene Ferguson
Arthur Loft ...
Tom Ross
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Eddie Girard
Douglas Wood ...
District Attorney Bert Beery
Robert Middlemass ...
Moss Kitchell
Ivan Miller ...
Inspector Gleason
Charles Halton ...
George Leander
Louis Jean Heydt ...
J.W. Butler
Fay Helm ...
Mrs. Butler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert McWade ...
Law Student (as Robert McWade Jr.)
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Storyline

Law professor John Lindsay (Edward G. Robinson)accepts the job of special prosecutor offered him by civic leader Eugene Ferguson (Otto Kruger) against the wishes of his wife Jerry (Barbara O'Neil). Paul(John Beal, Ferguson's son, aids Lindsay, not knowing his father is boss of the crime syndicate. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Fighting Prosecutor Smashes a Defiant Racket Empire! See more »

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25 August 1938 (USA)  »

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Re-released in 1955, as a double-feature with Dead Reckoning (1947). See more »

Goofs

The good guys plant a movie camera in the wall of the villain's apartment to spy on them. We see the lens barely peeping from the wall behind a china figurine. Yet, when they show the film later as evidence, the camera tilts, pans, and frames all the action from various angles, which would not have been possible given the setup. See more »

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Edward G Robinson is a Good Guy
20 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one film that I missed seeing over the years and was quite surprised to see Edward G. Robinson, ( John Lindsay) play the role as a law professor who decides to accept a position to clean up the corruption of gangsters and the protection rackets.

John Lindsay soon learns how hard it is to fight these racketeers and hoods and he also has dealings with Eugene Ferguson, (Otto Kruger) the top mob boss who controls all the criminal activities and he also has a son, Paul Ferguson, (John Beal)who is a lawyer and close friend of John Lindsay.

Wendy Barrie and Barbara O'Neil gave an outstanding supporting roles and of course Edward G. Robinson looked great playing a good guy for a change. Enjoy.


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