The Rockford Files (1974–1980)

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The cases of an easy going ex-con turned private investigator.

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 Jim Rockford (122 episodes, 1974-1980)
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 Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (121 episodes, 1974-1980)
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 Dennis Becker (112 episodes, 1974-1980)
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Series about an ex-convict-turned-private-investigator named Jim Rockford who would rather run away than fight and would rather go fishing than work. He isn't a coward, and he isn't lazy--just rather on the cautious side, that's all. And he bears a very strong resemblance to Western television hero Bret Maverick. Rockford is sometimes aided (and sometimes deterred) in his cases by friends Dennis Becker (a police detective), Evelyn "Angel" Martin (his cowardly former cellmate) and pretty Beth Davenport (his lawyer). Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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13 September 1974 (USA)  »

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The character of Richie Brockelman (portrayed by Dennis Dugan) is usually said to have first appeared on this series. But, that is not entirely true. The first appearance of the Brockelman was actually in a ninety minute movie, intended to be a pilot, entitled Richie Brockelman: The Missing 24 Hours (1976). The movie pilot was not entirely successful, and the character of Brockelman was re-introduced in 1978 on this program. The Rockford appearance led to the short lived summer series Richie Brockelman, Private Eye (1978), which ran for six episodes, and was not renewed. Other than Dugan himself, the only actor to appear on both The Rockford Files and Richie Brockelman, Private Eye was Robert Hogan, who portrayed Sgt. Ted Coopersmith. One other character appeared in both the Rockford and Brockelman series, Mr. Brockelman, Richie's father, but was portrayed by a different actor in each series. See more »

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Even though Jim Rockford always drives a current model Firebird, many episodes feature stock footage shot with older models, especially in the 1975-77 seasons. See more »

Quotes

Jim Rockford: But I will need a diversion so I can get back to Bloomberg's room and try to talk to him.
Angel Martin: Ohh. Now we're getting to the nitty-gritty. Now it's beginning to make sense. 'Come on over to Rocky's, Angel.' Serve my favorite food. First time I been invited over here for so much as a glass of water.
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford: I could use a little help in the kitchen with the coffee and dessert.
Angel Martin: Forget about the dessert, you don't buy Angel Martin with a couple of drumsticks and some redeye gravy.
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The message left on the answering machine at the opening credits changes from episode to episode, always introducing another case. See more »


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The Rockford Files
(Main Title Theme)
Written by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter
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10 October 1999 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

I thought this was one of the better private dick programs. Rockford was a realistic guy, making statements like: "I'm not going in there, I could get KILLED!" Wise guys like Bogart would have bravely gone in and cleaned house, and looked corny doing it. Issac Hayes wasn't listed as a player, but was on enough to have been - if memory serves he did become a regular for awhile. Hayes added a nice touch to the show with his tough image and his reference to Rockford as "Rockfish", which drove Rockford nuts. Don't miss Stuart Margolin as the sleazy "Angel", one of his better parts.


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