The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd (1980)


Two strangers knock on the door of Dr. Samuel Mudd. One has a broken leg. Mudd fixes it, and becomes an unwitting conspirator in the murder of Abraham Lincoln when his patient turns out to be a fleeing John Wilkes Booth. Railroaded by Lincoln’s secretary of war, Mudd is found guilty and sentenced to life in Fort Jefferson Prison. His wife, Frances, however, won’t rest until her husband’s wrongful conviction is overturned.

Director: Paul Wendkos.
Writers: Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz.
Stars: Dennis Weaver, Richard Dysart, Nigel Davenport, Susan Sullivan, Michael McGuire, Nigel Davenport, Arthur Hill, Larry Larson, Mary Nell Santacroce, Clarence Thomas, Bill Gribble, Luke Halpin, Lawrence Montaigne, Bill Hindman, Stuart Culpepper, Kent Stephens, Roy Tatum, Jim Peck, Joe Dorsey, Richard Andrew, Greg Oliver, Bill Eudaly, Don Devendorf, Tony Kish, Fred Covington, George De Vries, Skip Foster.

1981 Golden Globes – Nominated for Best Motion Picture Made for Television.


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