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The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd (1980)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | TV Movie 25 March 1980
Country doctor Samuel Mudd is unfairly punished by the U.S. Government after he unwisely shelters a wounded John Wilkes Booth during the night after Abraham Lincoln's assassination.

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Paul Wendkos
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Weaver ... Dr. Samuel A. Mudd
Susan Sullivan ... Frances Mudd
Richard Dysart ... Edwin Stanton
Michael McGuire ... Capt. Murdock
Nigel Davenport ... Col. George Grenfell
Arthur Hill ... Gen. Thomas Ewing
Larry Larson Larry Larson ... Thorpe
Mary Nell Santacroce Mary Nell Santacroce ... Ellen Stanton
Clarence Thomas Clarence Thomas ... Nathaniel
Bill Gribble Bill Gribble ... John Wilkes Booth
Luke Halpin ... Herrold
Lawrence Montaigne ... Judge Holt
Bill Hindman Bill Hindman ... President Andrew Johnson
Stuart Culpepper Stuart Culpepper ... Boone
Kent Stephens Kent Stephens ... Zachary
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This is the story of the doctor whose farm John Wilkes Booth went to after assassinating Abraham Lincoln. Eventually he was wrongfully accused and tried and convicted as a member of the conspiracy that assassinated Lincoln. Though he claimed to be innocent, he was still convicted and suffered immense hardship. While his wife tries to do what she can to get him released. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Accused of plotting Lincoln's assassination, he survived a living death to clear his name.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La prueba See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Dr. Samuel Mudd was thirty-one years old at the beginning of events depicted in the film, while Dennis Weaver was fifty-five years old at the time of production. See more »

Goofs

The Secretary of War implies that Dr. Mudd is said to have inspired the saying "your name is mud." However, the first verified, recorded use of the phrase was ten years before Dr. Samuel Mudd was born. See more »

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This Program was Recommended by The National Education Association See more »

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Good portrayal about the physician named Samuel Mudd accused as accomplice of Lincoln assassination
26 October 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This agreeable TV movie concerns on Samuel Mudd and wife well interpreted by Dennis Weaver and Susan Sullivan . Mudd is a Mariland physician implicated for aiding and conspiring with John Wilkes Booth , then he is accused assassination Abraham Lincoln and prisoned in Fort Jefferson placed 70 miles West of Key West, Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. The story is under point of view that Samuel Mudd was innocent of any conspiracy. Evocative cinematography by Figueroa and atmospheric musical score by Gerald Fried, Stanley Kubrik's usual composer . Rightly produced and well written by Michael Berk and Douglas Schwartz , future creators of ¨Baywatch¨ series. The picture is professionally directed by Paul Wendkos, a craftsman who directed several TV episodes and movies as ¨Untouchables, The Rifleman, Bif Valley and Invaders¨ and several others. It's a remake from classic film titled ¨The prisoner of Shark Island¨ based on a script by Nunnally Johnson and directed by John Ford with Warner Baxter as Mudd and Gloria Stuart as his spouse.

This film is based on real events , it deals about the tribulations of Doctor Samuel Mudd (Dennis Weaver) and his wife (Susan Sullivan). The deeds are the following : A few short hours after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln , Mudd (1823-1883) gives treatment to a wounded man who shows up at his door. He does not know that the President has been killed assassinated and the man he's healing is John Wilkes Booth . He's arrested for being a accomplice in the assassination and on 1865 President Andrew Johnson and his Secretary of State (Richard Dysart) ordered the formation of a nine-man military commission to judge the conspirators. Mudd was represented by General Thomas Ewing Jr (Arthur Hill) . The prosecution contended that he had been a member of a Confederate communications distribution agency and had sheltered confederate on his plantation. Mudd escaped the death penalty by one vote and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Four of the defendants were hanged at the old Penitentiary at the Washington Arsenal on July 7, 1865. He is sent to prison in the dry Tortugas islands , referred in the movie as Devil's island. After a period of ill treatment due his notoriety, his skills as doctor are requested by the Commandant of the prison . The island has been in the grip of a yellow fever epidemic and officer physician has dead. Samuel Mudd as good medic persuaded to treat patient despite any personal or political disagreement , or even potential legal repercussions. He takes charge injured person and the yellow epidemic subsides. In the ending he receives pardon and is allowed to return freedom. On 1869 , Mudd was pardoned by President Johnson and returned home. Mudd's grandson Richard Mudd tried unsuccessfully to clear the name from stigma of conspiring with James Wilkes Booth. He petitioned several successive Presidents , receiving replies from President Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.


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