I Am the Law

I Am the Law

Edward G. Robinson
Director: Alexander Hall Cast: Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson
, Barbara O'Neil
Barbara O'Neil
, Wendy Barrie
Wendy Barrie
Alexander Hall


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I Am the Law is arguably the best of the late-1930s films inspired by the racket-busting career of New York district attorney Thomas E. Dewey. Edward G. Robinson switches to the right side of the law as the Dewey counterpart, here named John Lindsay (!) A feisty, no-nonsense law professor, Lindsay is approached by a group of concerned citizens to act as special prosecutor to rid up their (unnamed) state of big-time lawbreakers. He wastes no time taking charge, storming into the prosecutor's office and firing anyone whom he suspects of being "on the take." With the help of his dedicated law students, who work alongside him for free, Lindsay purges the local government of such corrupt influences as Eugene Ferguson (Otto Kruger), the outwardly respectable "brains" behind the rackets. Among the minor pleasures in I Am the Law is watching Robinson dancing the Big Apple with gun moll Wendy Barrie in an early scene, and his firing of suspicious-looking Charles Halton with a brusque "Don't like your face! Never have! You've got shifty eyes and a weak chin!" (which, indeed, were Halton's screen trademarks). Barbara O'Neil, who the following year played Scarlet O'Hara's mother in Gone with the Wind, is quietly effective as Robinson's supportive wife.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/04/2014
UPC: 0043396437395
Original Release: 1938
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Presentation: [B&W]
Sales rank: 44,573

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward G. Robinson John Lindsay
Barbara O'Neil Jerry Lindsay
Wendy Barrie Frankie Ballou
Otto Kruger Eugene Ferguson
Douglas Wood Berry
Robert Middlemass Moss Kitchell
Ivan Miller Inspector Gleason
Charles Halton Leander
Louis Jean Heydt J.W. Butler
Fay Helm Mrs. Butler
Ernie Alexander Photographer
William Arnold Actor
Alan Bruce Actor
Frank Bruno Actor
Douglas Carter Actor
Chick Collins Actor
Joseph DeStefani Actor
Lester Dorr Reporter
Eddie Foster Actor
Chuck Hamilton Actor
Edward J. Le Saint Actor
Nick Lukats Graduate Law Student
Robert McWade Actor
Wally Merrill Actor
James Millican Student
Will Morgan Actor
George Pearce Cigar Store Proprietor
Marshall Ruth Actor
Jeffrey Sayre Thug
Charles Sherlock Actor
Phillips Smalley University Dean
Edward Thomas Steward
George Turner Actor
Lloyd Whitlock Headwaiter
Jack Woody Gangster
William Worthington Committee Man
Robert Cummings Actor
Mary Brodel Hat Check Girl
Eugene Anderson Schoolboy
John Beal Paul Ferguson
Arthur Loft Tom Ross
Marc Lawrence Eddie Girard
Emory Parnell Brophy
Joseph J. Dowling Cronin
Theodore Von Eltz Martin
Horace McMahon Prisoner
Frederick Burton Governor
Lucien Littlefield Roberts
Edward Keane Witness
Frank Mayo Witness
James Bush Student
Lane Chandler Policeman
Harvey Clark Witness
Scott Colton Law Student
James Flavin Witness
Bess Flowers Secretary
Bud Jamison Bartender
Iris Meredith Girard's Girl
Anthony Nace Student
Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton Law Student
Kane Richmond Student
Cyril Ring Photographer
Lee Shumway Police Sergeant
Reginald Simpson Photographer
Walter Soderling Prof. Perkins
Bud Wiser Policeman
Eddie Fetherstone Austin

Technical Credits
Alexander Hall Director
Lionel Banks Art Director
Henry Freulich Cinematographer
Stephen Goosson Art Director
Babs Johnstone Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Robert Kalloch Costumes/Costume Designer
Viola Lawrence Editor
Everett J. Riskin Producer
Morris W. Stoloff Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Jo Swerling Screenwriter

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