Before being displaced by cable channels, Network TV once excelled in making
docudramas like this poignant biographical film.
Awakened in the middle of the night on April 15, 1865, Maryland physician Dr. Samuel Mudd (Dennis Weaver) opened his door to two strangers. Mindful of his Hippocratic Oath, Mudd set the broken leg of a disguised John Wilkes Boothe (Bill Gribble) and given the late hour and the pressure of delivering emergency treatment, Mudd failed to recognize his patient as the renowned actor he had met casually on previous occasions. The following day, Mudd heard news of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination and contacted the authorities. Des...