what makes this version #1 is that it follows the book almost verbatim, even down to the vocal comments. Most other versions take a little to far too much license with changes, the only other version I feel comes close is the one with Leo G. Carroll as Marley's ghost. I got this film on tape 6 years ago and plan to buy a new tape every couple of years to keep it fresh. This film is unparralled! I recommend it most highly!
His work at the prison in Dry Tortugas is also very well done, and is also very factual, according to Union guards testimony at the prison, as well as during Mudd's parole board hearings.
All in all, it is a very well made and factual film!