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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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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 »

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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" If you don't stand up against them who will ? "
12 December 2011 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

In every town or city nationwide, there are men who decide to take advantage from those who have little or nothing at all. The word gangster, mobster or racketeer are often used to describe these criminals. It's isn't often modern audiences can see Tough-guy Edward G. Robinson play a good guy, but that is exactly what we get in this old Black and White film entitled " I Am The Law. " Robinson plays John Lindsay a noted college professor and upstanding citizen who not only stands up to be counted, but is appointed a special prosecutor with a single task. His job is to ferret out and destroy the muscle behind the mobsters. It's a big job to be sure. but made doubly difficult because those who hired him are part of the problem. The story itself is taken from the novel by Fred Allhoff and directed by Alexander Hall. Despite it being in B/W it's still garners enough interest because of the good acting and of course the cast which includes Barbara O'Neil, John Beal, Paul Ferguson, Wendy Barrie, Otto Kruger and the main star E.G. Robinson who makes the movie flow with little effort to create a classic. ****


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