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The Prisoner of Shark Island

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Runtime:


96 Minutes

Overview:


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.

Cast:

Arthur Byron
Arthur Loft
Bess Flowers
Claude Gillingwater
Dick Elliott
Douglas Wood
Ernest Whitman
Etta Mcdaniel
Francis Ford
Francis Mcdonald
Frank Mcglynn Sr.
Frank Shannon
Fred Kohler Jr.
Gloria Stuart
Harry Carey
J. M. Kerrigan
Jack Pennick
John Carradine
John Mcguire
Joyce Kay
Leila Mcintyre
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard
Maurice Murphy
O.P. Heggie
Paul Fix
Paul Mcvey
Warner Baxter

Genres:

Biography
Drama
History

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