Director: John Ford
Starring: Warner Baxter, Gloria Stuart
John Ford’s production of The Prisoner of Shark Island takes his filmmaking to a new place, as this feature loosely based on a wrongfully accused, little known historical figure in American history. Despite the fictionalized telling of the real life man, Dr. Samuel Mudd, with the film taking strong liberties with the tale of a man convicted and later pardoned for his connection to one of the nation’s most well known crimes, Ford creates an entertaining film about a name and his strong will to just get back to normal despite conviction with no wrongful doing. Starring the ever busy leading man Warner Baxter, we are transported to the time just proceeding the end of the Civil War when reconstruction was just beginning and tempers still ran high between the North and the South.