The Ordeal of Dr. Shannon

The Ordeal of Dr. Shannon is a 1962 American television adaptation from A. J. Cronin's novel, Shannon's Way, which was originally published in 1948. The dramatization was written by Robert Stewart, directed by Joan Kemp-Welch, and produced by Lewis Freedman. The show was the ninth episode of the second season of The DuPont Show of the Week, which was broadcast on NBC, and it starred Rod Taylor and Elizabeth MacLennan. In 1963, it was broadcast in Great Britain on ITV Television Playhouse.

The Ordeal of Dr. Shannon
Directed byJoan Kemp-Welch
StarringRod Taylor
Elizabeth MacLennan
Country of originUnited States
Running time60 min.
Original networkNBC
Original release16 December 1962

The episode was filmed on location in Britain over two weeks. It was the first co-production between a regular American TV dramatic series and a production company from another country (in this case, England).[1]



  1. Stephen Vagg, Rod Taylor: An Aussie in Hollywood, Bear Manor Media 2010 p91

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