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The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd (1980)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | TV Movie 25 March 1980
Country doctor Samuel Mudd is unfairly punished by the U.S. Government after he unwisely shelters a wounded John Wilkes Booth during the night after Abraham Lincoln's assassination.

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Paul Wendkos
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Weaver ... Dr. Samuel A. Mudd
Susan Sullivan ... Frances Mudd
Richard Dysart ... Edwin Stanton
Michael McGuire ... Capt. Murdock
Nigel Davenport ... Col. George Grenfell
Arthur Hill ... Gen. Thomas Ewing
Larry Larson Larry Larson ... Thorpe
Mary Nell Santacroce Mary Nell Santacroce ... Ellen Stanton
Clarence Thomas Clarence Thomas ... Nathaniel
Bill Gribble Bill Gribble ... John Wilkes Booth
Luke Halpin ... Herrold
Lawrence Montaigne ... Judge Holt
Bill Hindman Bill Hindman ... President Andrew Johnson
Stuart Culpepper Stuart Culpepper ... Boone
Kent Stephens Kent Stephens ... Zachary
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This is the story of the doctor whose farm John Wilkes Booth went to after assassinating Abraham Lincoln. Eventually he was wrongfully accused and tried and convicted as a member of the conspiracy that assassinated Lincoln. Though he claimed to be innocent, he was still convicted and suffered immense hardship. While his wife tries to do what she can to get him released. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Accused of plotting Lincoln's assassination, he survived a living death to clear his name.


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Dr. Samuel Mudd was released after serving 3 years, 7 months, and 12 days on America's Devil's Island. See more »

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The Secretary of War implies that Dr. Mudd is said to have inspired the saying "your name is mud." However, the first verified, recorded use of the phrase was ten years before Dr. Samuel Mudd was born. See more »

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This Program was Recommended by The National Education Association See more »

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Mudd was no saint!
7 February 2005 | by cinefemmeSee all my reviews

I haven't seen this movie but it appears from the post that it is based on faulty history. While Mudd was not a part of the actual assassination (and was appalled that Booth took this action) he WAS part of the plot to kidnap Lincoln acting as Booth's active co-conspirator. This is why Booth went straight to Mudd's home after escaping from the shooting.

Mudd was also a violent racist who, with the help of his overseer, flogged one of his slaves to death. If you want to know more about him you may want to read "Blood on the Moon" by Edward Steers Jr.. You won't feel so bad for him after that.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La prueba See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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