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Prisoner Of Shark Island '36 [Import]


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  • Actors: Warner Baxter, Gloria Stuart, Claude Gillingwater, Arthur Byron, O.P. Heggie
  • Directors: John Ford
  • Writers: Nunnally Johnson
  • Producers: Darryl F. Zanuck, Nunnally Johnson
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Dec 4 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WMA6G4

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By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 29 2015
Format: DVD
The Prisoner of Shark Island(released Feb/36)stars,among others, Warner Baxter,Gloria Stuart,Frank McGlynn and Francis McDonald.This is a solid story under Ford's tutelage, and while not one of his greatest,it certainly ranks among his best.
The story finds us at the end of the Civil War.A crowd turns out on the White House lawn(those were the days!) to hear the president speak.He makes no speech but instead asks the accompanying band to play"Dixie".Next we see Lincoln at the Ford theatre watching a play and his resultant assassination that night.Booth shot him,landed on the stage(breaking his one leg)and hobbled away.That night before crossing into Virginia he and an accomplice stop at a doctors office,Dr.S.Mudd,and asks the good doctor to help him.After a quick patch job the two are back on their way.
The next day the army comes by and arrests the good doctor for aiding and abetting the presidents assassin.There is a court martial(no public criminal trial) and about half the conspirators are hung,while the others are sent to Dry Tortuga/Fort Jefferson at the end of the Florida Keys.That was the U.S.'s answer to France's Devil's Island.
Life is harsh in the Fort,made no more bearable by it's sadistic captain.Mudd ends up meeting one of his old slaves who enlisted and came there to work at the Fort, just to see him.Eventually Mudd and he conspire the break out after he gets a letter from his wife telling him there will be a boat in the harbour waiting for him.The break out is attempted but the former slave and the doctor get caught.Both are put in solitary to rot.
Nature has a way sometimes of evening things out despite man's efforts otherwise.In this case the entire Fort is hit with a terrible spread of Yellow Fever.
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20th Century Fox presents "THE PRISONER OF SHARK ISLAND" (1936) - (96 min/B&W) -- Starring: Warner Baxter, Gloria Stuart, Claude Gillingwater, Arthur Byron, John Carradine & Harry Carey

Directed by John Ford

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 (Francis McDonald), 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 very last moment. He is shipped to Shark Island, a brutal penal colony. Subject to the cruelties of a guard Sgt. Rankin (John Carradine) who hates Mudd because of his "complicity" in Lincoln's death, the doctor suffers the torments of the damned, while back home his wife, Peggy (Gloria Stuart) campaigns desperately to get her husband pardoned. During a Yellow Fever breakout on Shark Island, Dr. Mudd performs heroically to save the survivors. For his humanitarian efforts, Mudd is finally released and reunited with his wife.

An almost unbelievable but true story ... well told by the maestro John Ford

Dr. Samuel Mudd's story was retold in the Hellgate (1952), with Sterling Hayden as the (fictional) doctor. Also worth a view.

BIOS:
1. John Ford [aka: John Martin Feeney] Director)
Date of Birth: 1 February 1894, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA
Date of Death: 31 August 1973, Palm Desert, California, USA (stomach cancer)

2. Warner Baxter
Date of Birth: 29 March 1889 - Columbus, Ohio
Date of Death: 7 May 1951 - Beverly Hills, California

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Fine early John Ford Jan. 16 2008
By Mcgivern Owen L - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"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!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Dr. Mudd Nov. 28 2011
By Leon Vogt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Another great movie! I also saw this movie as a child. Old movies are a hobby of mine. The new movies are not as good as the old ones.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
LONE GUNMAN OR CONSPIRACY?? Sept. 7 2008
By Loves To Read - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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. [...]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936) ... Warner Baxter ... John Ford (Director) (2007)" Oct. 15 2011
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
20th Century Fox presents "THE PRISONER OF SHARK ISLAND" (1936) - (96 min/B&W) -- Starring: Warner Baxter, Gloria Stuart, Claude Gillingwater, Arthur Byron, John Carradine & Harry Carey

Directed by John Ford

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 (Francis McDonald), 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 very last moment. He is shipped to Shark Island, a brutal penal colony. Subject to the cruelties of a guard Sgt. Rankin (John Carradine) who hates Mudd because of his "complicity" in Lincoln's death, the doctor suffers the torments of the damned, while back home his wife, Peggy (Gloria Stuart) campaigns desperately to get her husband pardoned. During a Yellow Fever breakout on Shark Island, Dr. Mudd performs heroically to save the survivors. For his humanitarian efforts, Mudd is finally released and reunited with his wife.

An almost unbelievable but true story ... well told by the maestro John Ford

Dr. Samuel Mudd's story was retold in the Hellgate (1952), with Sterling Hayden as the (fictional) doctor. Also worth a view.

BIOS:
1. John Ford [aka: John Martin Feeney] Director)
Date of Birth: 1 February 1894, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA
Date of Death: 31 August 1973, Palm Desert, California, USA (stomach cancer)

2. Warner Baxter
Date of Birth: 29 March 1889 - Columbus, Ohio
Date of Death: 7 May 1951 - Beverly Hills, California

3. Gloria Stuart
Date of Birth: 4 July 1910, Santa Monica, California
Date of Death: 26 September 2010, Los Angeles, California

4. Claude Gillingwater
Date of Birth: 2 August 1870 - Louisiana, Missouri
Date of Death: 2 November 1939 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

5. Harry Carey
Date of Birth: 16 January 1878 - The Bronx, New York
Date of Death: 21 September 1947 - Brentwood, California

6. John Carradine
Date of Birth: 5 February 1906 - New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death: 27 November 1988 - Milan, Italy

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 96 min on DVD ~ 20th Century Fox ~ (December 4, 2007)
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
An innocent man convicted of treason..??? Oct. 6 2007
By Seen Them All - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.


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