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The story of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was imprisoned after innocently treating President Lincoln's assassin in 1865.

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Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd
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Mrs. Peggy Mudd
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Col. Jeremiah Milford Dyer
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Mr. Erickson
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Dr. MacIntyre
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Commandant of Fort Jefferson
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Cpl. O'Toole
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Lt. Lovett
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John Wilkes Booth
Douglas Wood ...
Gen. Thomas Ewing
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Sgt. Rankin
Joyce Kay ...
Martha Mudd
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Sgt. Cooper
Ernest Whitman ...
'Buck' Milford
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David Herold
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Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt
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President Abraham Lincoln
Leila McIntyre ...
Mary Todd Lincoln
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Aunt Rosabelle Milford
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Judge Maiben
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Frank J. Thomas - Carpetbagger
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Gen. David Hunter
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Prison Hospital Orderly
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Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
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Boy Seeking Dr. Mudd (uncredited)
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Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Stanley Bordagaray ...
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Druggist at Trial (uncredited)
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Actress at Ford's Theatre (uncredited)
Earl Eby ...
Usher (uncredited)
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Actor at Ford's Theatre (uncredited)
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Woman Sitting Behind Lincoln in Theatre Box (uncredited)
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Sergeant (uncredited)
Charles Haefeli ...
Prisoner (uncredited)
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Sergeant (uncredited)
John Lester Johnson ...
Black Soldier at Prison (uncredited)
Beulah Hall Jones ...
Blanche (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
Duke R. Lee ...
Sergeant (uncredited)
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Testifying Colonel (uncredited)
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Edman Spangler (uncredited)
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Blacksmith (uncredited)
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Court-Martial Participant (uncredited)
Paul McAllister ...
Doctor (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ...
Commandant's Aide (uncredited)
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Ship's Captain (uncredited)
Arthur Millett ...
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Court-Martial Member (uncredited)
Robert Parrish ...
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Vester Pegg ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ...
Corporal (uncredited)
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Black Man Giving Booth Directions (uncredited)
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Agitating Orator (uncredited)
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Trooper (uncredited)
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Ship's Mate (uncredited)
Cyril Thornton ...
Michael O'Laughlin (uncredited)
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Black Soldier at Prison (uncredited)
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Black Soldier at Prison (uncredited)
Charles West ...
Washington (DC) Citizen (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ...
Mary Surratt (uncredited)
Lloyd Whitlock ...
Maj. Rathbone (uncredited)

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John Ford

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Nunnally Johnson ... (screenplay)

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Nunnally Johnson ... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck ... producer

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R.H. Bassett ... (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer ... (uncredited)

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Bert Glennon

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Jack Murray

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Harvey Manger ... assistant editor
Thomas Vincent ... assistant editor

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William S. Darling ... (as William Darling)

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Gwen Wakeling

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Edward O'Fearna ... assistant director (as Ed O'Fearna)

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Thomas Little ... settings

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W.D. Flick ... sound
Roger Heman Sr. ... sound (as Roger Hemen)

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Sam Benson ... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)

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Louis Silvers ... musical director

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Joseph M. Schenck ... presenter
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Plot Summary

A few short hours after President Lincoln has been assassinated, Dr. Samuel Mudd gives medical treatment to a wounded man who shows up at his door. Mudd has no idea that the president is dead and that he is treating his murderer, John Wilkes Booth. But that doesn't save him when the army posse searching for Booth finds evidence that Booth has been to the doctor's house. Dr. Mudd is arrested for complicity and sentenced to life imprisonment, to be served in the infamous pestilence-ridden Dry Tortugas. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Also Known As
  • Je n'ai pas tué Lincoln (France)
  • Prisionero del odio (Spain)
  • Il prigioniero dell'isola degli squali (Italy)
  • Der Gefangene der Haifischinsel (West Germany)
  • Den eskotosa ton Lincoln (Greece)
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Trivia In a 1988 interview Gloria Stuart claimed that the only direction John Ford gave her was to cry louder when her doctor husband was condemned. See more »
Goofs Booth is seen entering the President's theater box on the President's left; he even opens the door first to make sure the President is there. He then shoots him at a distance of at least 5 feet, again from Lincoln's left side. In reality, Booth entered the box from behind the President, and shot him at very close range in the back of the head. Also, in real life Booth shot Lincoln immediately after the line "...you sockdolagizing old mantrap!", thus insuring that the audience laughter would drown out the sound of the shot (Booth was very familiar with the play and knew just when to shoot). In the film, the line in question is uttered before Booth has even made his way into the box. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Directed by John Ford (1971). See more »
Soundtracks Dixie's Land See more »
Quotes Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd: Once before I was a doctor. I'm still a doctor.
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