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I Am the Law (1938)

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



(story based on Liberty Magazine Serial), (screenplay)


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


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 »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

25 August 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Yo soy la ley  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Referenced in Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm (1999) See more »

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not bad
1 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

i had never heard of this film until i ran across it on turner classic movies one day. It wasn't one of his best or worst films, come to think of it edward g. robinson never really made a bad film. As for the film itself, unless your a big edward g. robinson fan like me you probably shouldn't watch it.

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