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The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 28 February 1936 (USA)
The story of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was imprisoned after innocently treating President Lincoln's assassin in 1865.

Director:

John Ford

Writer:

Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warner Baxter ... Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd
Gloria Stuart ... Mrs. Peggy Mudd
Claude Gillingwater ... Col. Jeremiah Milford Dyer
Arthur Byron ... Mr. Erickson
O.P. Heggie ... Dr. MacIntyre
Harry Carey ... Commandant of Fort Jefferson
Francis Ford ... Cpl. O'Toole
John McGuire ... Lt. Lovett
Francis McDonald ... John Wilkes Booth
Douglas Wood Douglas Wood ... Gen. Thomas Ewing
John Carradine ... Sgt. Rankin
Joyce Kay Joyce Kay ... Martha Mudd
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Sgt. Cooper
Ernest Whitman Ernest Whitman ... 'Buck' Milford
Paul Fix ... David Herold
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Your heart will cry but ...your eyes sting with tears...at this thundering revelation of man's inhumanity to man! (Print Ad-Illawarra Mercury, ((Wollongong, NSW)) 2 October 1936)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Je n'ai pas tué Lincoln See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Carradine originally auditioned for the role of Abraham Lincoln, which he later played in Of Human Hearts (1938). See more »

Goofs

The letter Buck hands Dr. Mudd from his wife states that she is in Key West, but the envelope was postmarked in Washington, DC. Furthermore, the postmark was dated November 7, but Mudd's escape attempt was on September 25, 1865. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd: Once before I was a doctor. I'm still a doctor.
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Alternate Versions

Since this film has never been released to the video market in the USA, the only version available for home entertainment is an Argentinean VHS edition that was lifted from a 16mm print. Although the film plays in English with Spanish language subtitles, the credits and all signs and letters shown in the picture were redone in Spanish. The name of this version is "Prisionero del destino". See more »

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Version of Hellgate (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

The Battle Cry of Freedom
(uncredited)
Written by George Frederick Root
Played by a band when the Civl War ends
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stands up very well
13 August 1999 | by rupieSee all my reviews

I caught this one on American Movie Classics as part of its John Ford retrospective and found it to be an extremely well-done film that stand up very well for its 60-plus years. Lots of tension, and the action is extremely well-paced. Good acting all-around, especially from Claude Gillingwater as Mudd's feisty father-in-law.


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