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This is the story of the doctor whose farm John Wilkes Booth went to after assassinating Abraham Lincoln... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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 ... Thorpe
Mary Nell Santacroce ... Ellen Stanton
Clarence Thomas ... Nathaniel
Bill Gribble ... John Wilkes Booth

Luke Halpin ... Herrold

Lawrence Montaigne ... Judge Holt
Bill Hindman ... President Andrew Johnson
Stuart Culpepper ... Boone
Kent Stephens ... Zachary
Roy Tatum ... Lt. Lovett
Jim Peck ... Gen. Harris
Joe Dorsey ... Gen. Trafe
Richard Andrew ... Dr. Ellis
Greg Oliver ... Louis Weichmann

Bill Eudaly ... Daniel Thomas
Don Devendorf ... George Mudd
Tony Kish ... William Watson
Fred Covington ... Attorney Lake
George De Vries ... Waters (as George DeVries)
Skip Foster ... DeCampo
Jere Beery ... Prison Guard
Richard Reiner ... Prison Guard
Anthony Edenfield ... Escaped Prisoner
Harold Bergman ... Undersecretary
Don Ferguson ... Guard on Ship
Terry Beaver ... Union Sergeant
Teddy Milford ... Andrew Mudd
Angela Tully ... Sissy Mudd
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sean Ahern ... Union soldier #1 (uncredited)

Dan Chandler ... Master sergeant (uncredited)
Ilse Earl ... Screaming woman (uncredited)
Ryan Grady ... Thomas Mudd - age 3 (uncredited)
David Hamilton ... Sam Jr. - age 4 (uncredited)
Pat Hurley ... Patient #1 (uncredited)
Panos Eli Karatassos ... Sam Jr. - age 1 (uncredited)
Charles Kaufman ... Jones (uncredited)
Don Kovacs ... Officer Lloyd (uncredited)
Tommy Lane ... Capt. Longheart (uncredited)
Charles Lawlor ... Jones (uncredited)
Melonie Martin ... Sissy Mudd - age 7 (uncredited)
Earl Miller ... Thomas Mudd - age 6 (uncredited)
Jack Norhanian ... Guard #5 (uncredited)
Mark Rand ... Andrew Mudd - age 9 (uncredited)
Wallace Wilkinson ... D.C. prison guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Wendkos 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Berk 
Douglas Schwartz 

Produced by
Michael Berk .... producer
Paul B. Radin .... executive producer (as Paul Radin)
Douglas Schwartz .... producer
Martin Starger .... executive producer
Original Music by
Gerald Fried 
Cinematography by
Héctor R. Figueroa (director of photography) (as Hector Figueroa)
Film Editing by
Ken Zemke  (as Kenneth W. Zemke)
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Production Design by
Jack De Shields 
Set Decoration by
Ira Bates 
Makeup Department
Janice D. Brandow .... hair stylist (as Janis Brandow)
Mario Gonzales .... makeup artist
Tom Miller .... makeup artist
Production Management
Richard L. O'Connor .... executive in charge of production
James Potter .... post-production supervisor
Bill Watkins .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Hargrove .... first assistant director (as Bob Hargrove)
Chris Soldo .... second assistant director
Art Department
Joe Longo .... property master
Sound Department
Ray Barons .... production sound mixer
Bill Wistrom .... sound effects editor (as William H. Wistrom)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Rust .... key grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael R. Faeth .... wardrobe (as Michael Faeth)
Gilda Texter .... wardrobe
Music Department
Tom Carlin .... music editor
Transportation Department
Roy A. Grace .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Gene Kraft .... title designer
Stratton Leopold .... location manager
Marjorie Mullen .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:145 min
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Did You Know?

Emmy Award winning newscaster Roger Mudd and his brother, Maryland Attorney John Mudd (deceased), were indirect descendants of Dr. Samuel Mudd.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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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Version of Hellgate (1952)See more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Good portrayal about the physician named Samuel Mudd accused as accomplice of Lincoln assassination, 26 October 2009
Author: ma-cortes

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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