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|Prisoner of Shark Island |
The Ford at Fox Collection
Actors: Warner Baxter, Gloria Stuart, Claude Gillingwater, Arthur Byron, O.P. Heggie
Director: John Ford
Genres: Westerns, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Tcfhe Release Date: 12/04/2007 Run time: 96 minutes Rating: Nr
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Mcgivern Owen L | NY, NY USA | 01/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
""The Prisoner of Shark Island" is the story of one Samuel Mudd, a Maryland physician. The good doctor is ably played by Warner Baxter. After assassinating President Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth hurt his leg jumping from a balcony. Eluding the Law, JWB called on Mudd, who set the leg without knowing Booth's true identity. The pursuing Fed troops treat Mudd as a conspirator and he is sentenced to life in a military stockade. The "trial" is an unvarnished martial law kangaroo court. The "Shark Island" here is actually Dry Tortugas Island, off the coast of Key West, FL. PSI deals with the efforts of Mudd and his wife to win exoneration. There is excellent work here, especially by Gloria Staurt as a fiercely loyal wife standing by her man, and Harry Carey Sr. as the prison commandant. In PSI, all the prison guards are African American. They receive interesting treatment, given the historical setting of both the Civil War and climate of mid 1930s, when PSI was made. A good review doesn't reveal endings but the one here is thoroughly satisfying. One may wish to have a tissue handy. Even in the 1930s, John Ford could be sentimental! This reviewer benefited from a brand new CD, clear and sharp. PSI is one of those oldies which are not over shown/overexposed. Amazoners are urged to make an effort to view it. Highly recommended!"
An innocent man convicted of treason..???
Seen Them All | SoCal Desert | 10/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When John Wlikes Booth assassinated President Lincoln he jumped to the stage from Lincoln's private box and broke his leg. This movie is about Doctor Mudd who treated Booth's leg when he was on the run from authorities. Mudd was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to prison on an island fortress in the Florida Keys. This is the story of his life. Mudd maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal but the truth is only known to Mudd himself. Good story, well acted but somewhat depressing. Worth a look."
LONE GUNMAN OR CONSPIRACY??
Loves To Read | Twin Cities, MN USA | 09/07/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The film begins with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth jumping on to the stage and making his escape out the back of the theater. In jumping from the balcony, Booth breaks his leg and soon needs medical attention. In the movie he asks for directions to a local doctor and appears unannounced at the home of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who, of course (without the Internet & cable TV) has not yet heard of the assassination. He treats Booth and keeps him overnight until he can travel again. The authorities trace Booth's escape to Mudd's estate and arrest him for being an accomplice. He is tried in what appears to be somewhat of a kangaroo court and sent to Shark Island Prison in the Florida Keys. He tried to escape once, unsuccessfully. A violent outbreak of Yellow Fever in which he heroically saves the lives of many of the prisoners while risking his own, convinces his accusers to rethink his guilt. The question is whether Dr. Mudd was an innocent bystander as the movie depicts or was he, in fact, part of the Booth conspiracy. This movie is well done and entertaining and is a terrific introduction to the whole story of John Wilkes Booth and the conspiracy theories. Like the JFK assassination debate, was this a lone gunman or a conspiracy much larger? A fascinating subject. www.lusreviews.blogspot.com