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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 Runs Racketeers Ragged! (original print ad) See more »

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25 August 1938 (USA)  »

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Derrocada do Crime  »

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Trivia

Re-released in 1955, as a double-feature with Dead Reckoning (1947). 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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Light-hearted entertainment
20 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just caught this movie during TCM's Edward G Robinson marathon. It may not be a "classic", but I found this film to be entertaining and well written/directed. It's the sort of gangster movie that is light and simple enough that you don't have to pay much attention to it -- you can be doing other things while you're watching the movie and still be able to follow the plot. Just suspend belief for a while -- some of his tactics wouldn't be exactly tolerated in real life -- he would be disbarred and arrested! Also, I had a hard time buying EGR as a pipe-smoking, ivy-league, absent-minded professor; still, I found his performance engaging and enjoyable. This movie has lots of pretty people, wearing expensive clothes, in opulent settings, so that aspect of it is pleasant to watch. Unlike most "formula" gangster flicks, the ending is especially satisfying and may in fact be the best part of this movie.


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