The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd (1980)

TV Movie   |  Not Rated   |    |  Biography, Drama, History


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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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7 February 2005 | cinefemme
Mudd was no saint!
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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