Operator? I've been dialing Murray Hill 4-0098 now for the last three-quarters of an hour, and the line is always busy. But I don't see how it could be busy that long. Would you try it for me please?
I don't see how it could be busy all this time. It's my husband's office. He's working late tonight, and I'm all alone here in this house. My health is very poor - and I've been feeling so nervous all day-
Okay. You know the address, At eleven o'clock the private patrolman goes around to the bar on Second Avenue for a beer. Be sure that all the lights downstairs are out. There should be only one light visible from the street . . .
Oh - hello! What number is this, please?
Hello?? Operator? I just listened to a planned murder? Can you please ring me back to the previous number or call a police department?
This is the police department. We understand that you heard a murder about to be committed. We have more important things that we must deal with. We solve murders all the time, so please do not worry.
Exposition: Mrs. Stevenson is introducing herself as an unhealthy woman, and that her husband has not called her back for the last 45 minutes. This begins a base for the radio play.
Oh no! The killer is in my house. Ssh, I have to be quiet. Maybe I should call the police for help . . .
Rising Action: As Mrs. Stevenson rings her husband's telephone, the receiver is picked up on the other end. The man does not respond to Mrs. Stevenson, as he is conversing with another man. They are discussing about a "clean kill" one of the men, George, will make tonight at 11:15.
Operator? Operator! Please dial the police department. There is someone in my house and I cannot do anything about it except call the police . . .
Rising Action: Mrs. Stevenson tries her hardest to call a police department to report that she had just listened to a murder about to be committed soon. The police department says that they have more important things to deal with and they solve murders all the time.
Sorry, wrong number.
This is the Police Department. How may I assist you?
Climax: The killer is now in Mrs. Stevenson's home, knowing exactly how to execute the poor old lady. Mrs. Stevenson hears the man enter her household and starts to panic.
Falling Action: Mrs. Stevenson is now calling an operator to dial the police department to help her because a killer is in her home. Unfortunately, it takes a while to ring the police department, letting the murderer getting closer to Mrs. Stevenson.
Resolution: The murderer has executed Mrs. Stevenson, and once he finally does the job, the police department finally answer. To cover up anything bad from happening, the killer tells the police station, "Sorry, Wrong Number."