Thunder in the Night 

A United States agent tries to stop the sale of fake U.S. Passports.


Sheldon Reynolds


Sheldon Reynolds, Ray Allen (co-writer)


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Episode credited cast:
Desi Arnaz ... Chris Hunter
Luigi Bonos Luigi Bonos
Graeme Bruce Graeme Bruce ... Hanley
Sidney Clute ... Mike (as Sid Clute)
Eugene Deckers ... Nico
Betty Furness ... Herself - Commercial Spokeswoman
Philo Hauser Philo Hauser ... Old Man
Leon Lenoir Leon Lenoir
George Macready ... Paul Reuter
Marion Marshall ... Ronnie Portman
Michael Medwin ... Handsome
Tiberio Mitri Tiberio Mitri ... Chang
Alexis Revidis Alexis Revidis ... Billy (as Alex Revidis)
Massimo Serato ... Wilnow
Akim Tamiroff ... Captain Farago


A United States agent tries to stop the sale of fake U.S. Passports.

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Release Date:

19 February 1960 (USA) See more »

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Desilu Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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In a 1960 article, George Macready said that his role in this episode was one of his personal favorites. See more »


Chris Hunter: What did you do with Bob Carter?
[Reuter ignores the question and keeps eating. Hunter asks again, more loudly this time]
Chris Hunter: What did you do with Bob Carter?
[When Reuter still ignores him, Hunter takes the sugar bowl and dumps it in Reuter's plate of food]
Paul Reuter: Please be very careful. Chang would really prefer to kill you more than almost anything else.
[Chang pulls a gun]
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Casa Blanca is revisited in this excellent episode
20 October 2008 | by jonjax71See all my reviews

This episode of the Westinghouse-Desilu Playhouse bears many similarities to Casa Blanca. The drama takes places in a town without name in North Africa where many nationalities are vying for passports in order to leave the unspecified country. A US agent investigating the counterfeit passports mob is murdered and gaming casino & club owner Christian Hunter played to perfection by Desi Arnaz although hesitant at first, gets involved in classic cloak and dagger plots after his friend Bob Carter portrayed by Rod Taylor of "The Birds" fame is kidnapped.

Desi proves he is a fine dramatic actor as he did in the film "Bataan" in the 1940s, Desi play his role straight without accent and he's cool as a cucumber. It is hard to miss the influence of "Casa Blanca" in some of the charecterizations, casino scenes and overall ambiance. This is a shining example of the great serious television programs of the 1950s and 1960s and ranks as one of the best episodes of the 2 season run of this series from Desilu Studios

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