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The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936)

aka The Prisoner of Shark Island

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Written By:  Writer details not available
Details: 96 mins · English


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Small Dr. Samuel Mudd
Small Mrs. Peggy Mudd
No_movie_poster Col. Jeremiah Milford Dyer
Small Mr. Erickson
Small Dr. MacIntyre
Small Commandant de Fort Jefferson
Small Cpl. O'Toole
No_movie_poster Lt. Lovett
No_movie_poster John Wilkes Booth
No_movie_poster Gen. Ewing
Small Sgt. Rankin
No_movie_poster Martha Mudd
No_movie_poster Sgt. Cooper
No_movie_poster 'Buck' Milford
Small David Herold
No_movie_poster juge-avocat général Joseph Holt
No_movie_poster Abraham Lincoln
No_movie_poster Mary Todd Lincoln
No_movie_poster Tante Rosabelle Milford
Small Juge Maiben
No_movie_poster Frank J. Thomas
No_movie_poster Gen. David Hunter
No_movie_poster un infirmier


Small John Ford Director
Small Darryl F. Zanuck Production
No_movie_poster Nunnally Johnson Production


A few short hours after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln (Frank McGlynn Sr.), Dr. Samuel Mudd (Baxter) gives treatment to a man with a broken leg who shows up at his door. Mudd does not know that the president has been assassinated and the man who he is treating is John Wilkes Booth (Francis McDonald). Mudd is arrested for being an accessory in the assassination and is sent to prison on the Dry Tortugas, described as in the West Indies and referred to in the film as "America's own Devil's Island".

After a period of ill treatment due to his notoriety, his skills as a doctor are requested by the Commandant of the prison. The island has been in the grip of a yellow fever epidemic and the official prison doctor has fallen ill. Dr. Mudd takes charge with the blessing of the Commandant and the cooperation of the soldier guards, and the yellow jack epidemic subsides.

In the end he receives a pardon and is allowed to return home.