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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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"HOODLUMS HAVE NO GUTS...WATCH ME PROVE IT! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Crime | Drama

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25 August 1938 (USA)  »

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Derrocada do Crime  »

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Trivia

Existing prints bear 1955 re-release titles, with lettering in the center of the screen so that they would not be cropped in wide screen projection; these restyled opening credits also include an erroneous 1933 (MCMXXXIII), instead of 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) copyright date. See more »

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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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I Can Picture Eddie G. as the Law...
23 August 2008 | by (the Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

"I am the Law" (1938) Professor John Lindsay (E.G. Robertson) is taking a sabbatical from his law position. He volunteers to go after the gangsters in town. He thinks it will be easy but very quickly he learns those in charge don't want him to succeed & that includes his staff chosen by the city fathers & Eugene Ferguson (Otto Kruger) Paul's father & head of the mob.

So he & his top student Paul Ferguson (John Beal) volunteer to go after gangsters & corruption from his home. Because those in charge want to see failure John & Paul are fired. With his wife Jerry (Barbara O'Neil) he recruits his top graduated law students to form an unpaid army of law enforcers. What will happen next? What & see!


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