A man must try and prevent his son from committing suicide.

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Paul Ashley
Al Toigo ...
Walter Ashley (as Alfred Toigo)
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Dr. Keith
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Chauffeur (as William Erwin)
Vera Marshe ...
Miss Rogart
Paul Birch ...
Manzak
Grace Lenard ...
Mrs. Whitman
Jan Brooks ...
Ruth Terry
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A man must try and prevent his son from committing suicide.

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27 April 1958 (USA)  »

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Rather weak Episode
2 October 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

PANIC! – Ashley and Son - 1958

This is episode 22 of the 1957-1958 suspense series, PANIC! Each episode was a story about a person involved in an incident of stress and panic. The series ran for a total of 31 episodes. Each episode starts with narrator saying, "You are about to witness a moment of panic in the life of a man".

This particular episode is headlined by Everett Slone. Sloane is a high powered business type with little time for his son. Sloane is surprised when the son drops off a note with his secretary. The note says that the son, Al Toigo, intends to kill himself that night.

Sloane rushes to Toigo's office to see what the hell is going on. The son however has left the office. Sloane asks around the office as to where Toigo might have gone. He is told Toigo went home. Sloane calls for his car, then heads for Toigo's place. His driver tells Sloane that his son moved 6 months before to a new place. Sloane knew nothing about the move.

Arriving at the new apartment, Sloane finds that he has missed his son by 15 minutes. The apartment landlady gives Sloane an earful about Toigo's drinking to all hours of the night etc. Sloane swears that as far as he knew, his son never touched alcohol. He bribes the woman, Grace Lenard, to let him into his son's apartment. All he finds is empty whiskey bottles and containers for pills.

Sloane calls the doctor listed on the pill containers. The call connects him to a psychologist's office. He explains to the doctor about his son. The Psychologist explains to Sloane that his son has mental problems, and they all relate to how Sloane treats him. Sloane is of course shattered to think that his being hard on Toigo has pushed him to kill himself.

Sloane soon discovers that Toigo plans on throwing himself off Sloane's office tower. He makes it there just in time to talk the unbalanced Toigo off the roof. He promises the young man to be a better father in the future.

This is by far the weakest of the episodes that I've caught so far. Really not a whole bunch of tension involved here. All the other episodes I've seen were all fast moving nerve janglers.


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