A wagon accident results in severe injures to Steve Prescott, son of wealthy rancher Vic Prescott who happens to be away from the ranch. The foreman, Hobey, sends two of the men on the long ride to Laramie for Dr. Phillips. Stopping at the Sherman ranch for fresh horses, they find a doctor there waiting for the stage to leave after changing horses. The men force the doctor to go with them as Jess is in Laramie and Slim is rounding up strays. Mike goes after Slim who returns and heads to the Prescott ranch to check on the doctor. The doctor is forced to amputate Steve's left arm which everyone knows will upset his father but he believes Steve will fully recover. Vic upon returning is an angry father who believes that the doctor maimed his son. While returning to the Sherman ranch, the doctor informs Slim that he is the much hated Dr. Samuel Mudd who helped John Wilkes Booth. Vic Prescott also believes that Dr. Mudd, convicted of aiding John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of Abraham ... Written by
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Lee Ayres, who plays Dr Samuel Mudd, starred in the 1938 feature film Young Dr. Kildare, as Dr James Kildare, and made at least seven sequels in the Dr. Kildare film series. See more
Both the title and Prescott's allegation of Mudd being a traitor are factually inaccurate. A traitor as used in this context is someone that betrays their country (the definition also includes one that commits treason). Mudd treated a patient with no knowledge of the patient's involvement in his prior criminal acts or any intent to overthrow the government. His conviction dealt with actions after the fact, which was documented in the February 8, 1869 pardon issued by President Andrew Johnson. See more