[message left on Ben Gregory's tape recorder]
Leland F. Harmon: Ben Gregory, I need a ghost. I want to give you my story, but there's one condition. Half of what you get for it has to go to a flyer's widow with three children. Her husband was killed in Korea. Betty's had a rough time since I... since she... well, it's the weirdest story you'll ever write. You see, I'm a ghost. I've been dead for ten years.
[discussing the mysterious break-in at Ben's apartment by "The Ghost"]
Lt. Frank Roper: You got a Number 2 priority.
Ben Gregory: Yeah? What's Number 1?
Lt. Frank Roper: The two stiffs on the grounds of the Hale Malia Hotel.
Ben Gregory: What?
Lt. Frank Roper: Two slugs in one and one in the other. Maybe .38 caliber.
Ben Gregory: Did they kill each other?
Lt. Frank Roper: Nope - only one gun.
Ben Gregory: Were they hotel guests?
Lt. Frank Roper: No identification and nobody at the hotel recognized them. We're checking it out. So as much as I'd like to stay and play "haunted house" with you...