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The tragic story of Dr. Samuel Mudd of Maryland, who in 1865 was arrested for his alleged complicity in the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln and sentenced by an illegal military court to a lifetime of hard labor at the American penal colony of Fort Jefferson on the Dry Tortugas. The unfortunate Mudd, whose only "crime" was to set the broken leg of a mud-caked stranger who turned out to be John Wilkes Booth endures the cruelties of the sadistic commandant and the condemnation of the public at large, until his selfless courage during a yellow fever epidemic earns him a pardon by President Andrew Johnson. The film implicates Lincolns secretary of war Edwin Stanton, whom some conspiracy theorists now believe was behind the assassination plot.
but Mudd and booth had lunch, twice in Washington DC before the Assassination, and they meet once at Mudd's farm before that when Booth was scouting his escape route under the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ron Leidholt
A much better version of this story, directed by John Ford, is Prisoner of Shark Island (The Ford at Fox Collection).Published on October 25, 2010 by Major Kong
My dad is an extra in this film--the best looking General on the court martial board. My son visited the set. Read morePublished on March 13, 2010 by Leonard T. Martin