In 1865, Dr. Samuel Mudd (Warner Baxter) a known Confederate sympathizer, sets the broken leg of a mud-caked stranger who stumbles into his home. The injured man turns out to be John Wilkes Booth, and Mudd is accused of conspiring to murder President Lincoln. Sentenced to hang with the genuine conspirators, Mudd finds his sentence commuted to life imprisonment at the last moment. He is shipped to Shark Island a brutal penal colony.
- Feb 28, 1936