Pudd’nhead Wilson is a comedy centered around the character of lawyer David Wilson. He’s a careful scholar, but he has quirky tastes and his eccentricity is misunderstood by the simple townspeople. This leads to him being referred to as a “Pudd’nhead” and preventing him from getting respect and work in his field.
The movie is based on the book by Mark Twain, and is a classic example of the American novelist’s work. This 1894 novel is filled with the pointed irony and humor characteristic of Twain. It’s a rare gem among Twain’s later works, and it’s well worth checking out.
Pudd’nhead’s weird hobbies and odd behavior lead him to become an outcast in his small town. He faces bullies and is bullied by the townspeople, but he doesn’t let them get to him. As a result, he ends up causing quite a stir in the town, and he tries to fight back, often resulting in more trouble for himself.