When the son of neighbor is severely injured, a doctor at the Sherman Ranch is forced to help. However, the father wants revenge when the son's arm is amputated and he learns who the doctor is as he once arrested him.



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Episode cast overview:
Jess Harper (credit only)
Dennis Holmes ...
Steve Prescott
Anne Whitfield ...
Colie (as Don Harvey)
Vic Prescott


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 DarSpi

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11 December 1962 (USA)  »

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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 »


Several inaccurate statements were made by or about Samuel Mudd (doctor who went to prison for aiding John Wilkes Booth after he was injured (broken leg) during the assassination of Abraham Lincoln: -Mudd stated he did not know Booth prior to him coming to him for help with his broken leg. In fact, they had met a few times, including 5 months prior to the assassination when they had conversation and drinks at Booth's hotel and then Mudd's house. -Mudd did not make a trip west as depicted here. -Mudd makes note "President Johnson who signed my pardon isn't likely to put out any statement about" his release from prison. This implies that Johnson was still president, however, Mudd was released from prison on March 8, 1869, four days after Johnson's term ended and Ulysses S Grant was inaugurated. -Daisy comments that Mudd had spent six years in prison. In fact he served around three years and eight months. -Mudd stated he was born and raised in the south. In fact, he grew up in Maryland, southeast of Washington, DC, an area never included in the "south." See more »

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The hated Dr. Mudd
23 February 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Sherman stagecoach station gets a celebrity visitor of sorts when Lew Ayres stops there. He plays the notorious Dr. Samuel Mudd who set John Wilkes Booth's leg as Booth was fleeing after shooting Abraham Lincoln. He's been pardoned by Andrew Johnson, but he's still mighty unpopular in some quarters.

When neighboring rancher Paul Carr has a wagon fall on him, men from his ranch on the way to Laramie to fetch the doctor stop at the Sherman ranch and learn Ayres is a doctor. Ayres goes and amputates Carr's arm.

Neither the amputation or learning who did the deed to Carr makes his father R.G. Armstrong happy. Armstrong is a mean man, a Union veteran who has a special hate for Mudd. A lot like John Carradine in The Prisoner Of Shark Island.

Ayres as always is a civilized who only heeded his Hippocratic oath in treating Booth. Armstrong is hard man to convince.

This episode also features Spring Byington saving John Smith. Now that is worth seeing.

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