While Joe is interrogated by the thugs, he thinks to himself, keeping his cool and thinking happy thoughts: meeting his wife, his son's birth, etc. The strongest part of the story is hearing Joe remember the subtleties of his kidnapping: sounds of the car ride, the feel of a hub cap, how many turns the car made, how many stair steps, the ring on someone finger, the scratch on a door, etc. It comes across as a guide for what to do if you're kidnapped and want to catch the bad guys later.
From what I've read, Joe Smith & family were reincarnated for 1950's The Next Voice You Hear. I've seen the movie and vaguely remember the familiarities. Next Voice has a ton of potential: God broadcasts messages over the radio every night at 8 p.m. You really want to get wound up for some sci-fi-ish action with James Whitmore as Joe, but nothing really happens.