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The Rockford Files: Season 3: Episode 22 -- Rockford enters the case after his father, Rocky, vacationing in Hawaii, receives huge sums of money in the mail at home, and suddenly both the mob and Federal agents are interested in his good fortune.
The Rockford Files: Season 3: Episode 21 -- Counselor Beth Davenport hires Rockford to find a missing witness who can provide an alibi for her client, a football player who is charged with homicide, when she is suddenly harassed by phone calls and pornographic gifts.
The Rockford Files: Season 3: Episode 20 -- Police groupie Sweeney jeopardizes the lives of Rockford and Patsy Fossler, the woman he is shielding from hit men, when she tells the thugs where Jim is hiding her. Part 2 of 2.
The Rockford Files: Season 3: Episode 19 -- Police buff Lianne Sweeney causes problems for Detective Becker when she involves herself in Rockford's search for a mobster lawyer's missing fiancée. Part 1 of 2.
The Rockford Files: Season 3: Episode 18 -- A Vietnamese beauty hires Rockford to find her missing brother and the investigation uncovers a bizarre kidnap plot involving three ex-soldiers, a CIA agent, and $500,000 stolen from American payrolls in Saigon.

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Director:
Writers:
Stephen J. Cannell (created by)
Roy Huggins (created by)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Release Date:
13 September 1974 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 22 nominations See more »
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Cast

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James Garner ... Jim Rockford (122 episodes, 1974-1980)

Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (121 episodes, 1974-1980)

Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker (112 episodes, 1974-1980)
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Series Directed by
William Wiard (29 episodes, 1975-1979)
Lawrence Doheny (12 episodes, 1974-1976)
Jerry London (8 episodes, 1974-1977)
Ivan Dixon (8 episodes, 1975-1979)
Russ Mayberry (7 episodes, 1974-1977)
Reza Badiyi (7 episodes, 1977-1979)
Meta Rosenberg (6 episodes, 1976-1978)
Lou Antonio (5 episodes, 1974-1976)
Jackie Cooper (5 episodes, 1975-1976)
Jeannot Szwarc (3 episodes, 1975-1977)
Stephen J. Cannell (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
Corey Allen (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Stuart Margolin (2 episodes, 1974-1977)
Alexander Grasshoff (2 episodes, 1974)
Harry Falk (2 episodes, 1978)
Arnold Laven (2 episodes, 1978)
John Patterson (2 episodes, 1979)

Lawrence Dobkin (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Stephen J. Cannell (122 episodes, 1974-1980)
Roy Huggins (122 episodes, 1974-1980)
Juanita Bartlett (35 episodes, 1974-1979)
David Chase (20 episodes, 1976-1979)
Gordon T. Dawson (9 episodes, 1975-1979)
Rudolph Borchert (5 episodes, 1975-1980)
Chas. Floyd Johnson (4 episodes, 1975-1978)
Don Carlos Dunaway (4 episodes, 1975-1976)
Edward J. Lakso (4 episodes, 1975-1976)
Lester Wm. Berke (3 episodes, 1976-1980)
Donald L. Gold (3 episodes, 1976-1980)
Walter Dallenbach (2 episodes, 1976)
James Crocker (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
William R. Stratton (2 episodes, 1977)
David Taylor (2 episodes, 1977)
Rogers Turrentine (2 episodes, 1979)

Series Produced by
Stephen J. Cannell .... supervising producer / producer (121 episodes, 1974-1980)
Meta Rosenberg .... executive producer (121 episodes, 1974-1980)
Chas. Floyd Johnson .... producer / associate producer / ... (103 episodes, 1975-1980)
David Chase .... producer / supervising producer (67 episodes, 1976-1979)
John David .... associate producer (23 episodes, 1978-1980)
J. Rickley Dumm .... associate producer (16 episodes, 1978-1979)
William F. Phillips .... associate producer (14 episodes, 1974-1975)
Juanita Bartlett .... producer / supervising producer (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
Jo Swerling Jr. .... supervising producer / associate executive producer (6 episodes, 1974)
Lane Slate .... producer (4 episodes, 1975-1976)
 
Series Original Music by
Pete Carpenter (118 episodes, 1974-1980)
Mike Post (118 episodes, 1974-1980)
Artie Kane (2 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Cinematography by
Andrew Jackson (84 episodes, 1976-1980)
Lamar Boren (37 episodes, 1974-1976)

Steve Yaconelli (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
George R. Rohrs (45 episodes, 1974-1979)
Diane Adler (28 episodes, 1976-1979)
Buford F. Hayes (20 episodes, 1974-1977)
Rod Stephens (14 episodes, 1977-1980)
John J. Dumas (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
I. Robert Levy (5 episodes, 1975-1976)
John Kaufman (3 episodes, 1975)
Fred Baratta (2 episodes, 1974)
Edward A. Biery (2 episodes, 1974)
Jerry Dronsky (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Casting by
Dodie McLean (14 episodes, 1978-1980)
 
Series Art Direction by
Robert Crawley Sr. (120 episodes, 1974-1980)
Robert Luthardt (2 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Robert L. Zilliox (97 episodes, 1975-1980)
Gary Moreno (22 episodes, 1974-1975)
Ed Baer (2 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Costume Design by
Kent Warner (33 episodes, 1978-1980)
 
Series Production Management
Lester Wm. Berke .... unit manager (83 episodes, 1974-1978)
Zane Radney .... unit production manager (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Sam Freedle .... unit production manager (11 episodes, 1979-1980)
Rowe Wallerstein .... unit manager (4 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Jones .... assistant director / first assistant director (59 episodes, 1974-1979)
Clifford C. Coleman .... assistant director / first assistant director (30 episodes, 1974-1979)
Leonard R. Garner Jr. .... second assistant director / first assistant director (23 episodes, 1978-1980)
David Menteer .... assistant director / first assistant director (20 episodes, 1976-1978)
Don Wilkerson .... dga trainee (14 episodes, 1978-1979)
David L. Beanes .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
Robert J. Doherty .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1979)
Patrick A. Duffy .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1979)
Cal Naylor .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1979)
Jan R. Lloyd .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Art Department
Craig Binkley .... property master (68 episodes, 1974-1978)
William Fannon .... property master (34 episodes, 1978-1980)
 
Series Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound / sound mixer (105 episodes, 1975-1980)
Walt Jenevein .... sound effects editor (76 episodes, 1976-1980)
Thomas E. Allen .... boom operator (22 episodes, 1979-1980)
Vic Carpenter .... sound (13 episodes, 1974-1975)
John B. Schuyler .... boom operator (11 episodes, 1977)
John K. Kean .... sound (2 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Stunts
Bobby Ferro .... stunt driver (55 episodes, 1976-1980)
Tommy J. Huff .... stunt driver (11 episodes, 1974-1979)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (9 episodes, 1974-1978)
Larry Holt .... stunts (4 episodes, 1974-1978)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt double / stunt driver / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1980)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (2 episodes, 1974)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunt driver (2 episodes, 1975)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt driver (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Charles R. Young .... camera operator (53 episodes, 1977-1980)
Earl C. Williman .... lamp operator (23 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Casting Department
Dodie McLean .... casting (18 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Waldo .... costumes / costumes: women (88 episodes, 1974-1978)
 
Series Editorial Department
Ron Nichols .... colorist: digital remastering (77 episodes, 1976-1980)
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor (43 episodes, 1974-1976)
Steve Johnson .... colorist (23 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Music Department
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (77 episodes, 1976-1980)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (77 episodes, 1976-1980)
Morrie McNaughton .... music editor (76 episodes, 1976-1980)
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor (43 episodes, 1974-1976)
Pete Carpenter .... composer: theme music (21 episodes, 1974-1979)
Mike Post .... composer: theme music (21 episodes, 1974-1979)
 
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver / production driver (17 episodes, 1976-1979)
Frank Khoury .... driver (10 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Other crew
Juanita Bartlett .... executive story consultant / creative consultant / ... (109 episodes, 1974-1979)
Jack Cole .... title designer: main titles (43 episodes, 1974-1976)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jim Rockford, Private Investigator" - USA (syndication title)
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Runtime:
60 min (123 episodes)
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Trivia:
The character of Rockford's father was named Joseph; he was named after writer Stephen J. Cannell's father, but rather than Joseph or Joe, he was most often called "Rocky," a nickname derived from his last name, not his first. The name of Rockford was used after Cannell found the name listed in the Universal Studios employee directory.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:Yeah, well, we got snarled up in a case in August. I ended up doing 90 days on a county honor farm.
Lance White:Well, I'm sorry about that, Jim, but I had my client's interests to protect and you did break into that hotel room.
Jim Rockford:What client? Who where you working for? Nobody seemed to know.
Lance White:Well, that was kind of a strange one, those 3 little boys hired me.
Jim Rockford:The triplets? They were only 8 years old.
Lance White:Yeah well when their folks were killed by the mob, I kind of took 'em in. Finally, I made arrangements for them to live on a friend's farm in Vermont.
[...]
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27 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Classic 70s television, 11 March 2001
Author: Snatchy from Seatown, WA

I only qualify this show's classic status in reference to the 70s because the fashion & overall style of the show is sooooooo 70s. I was a young kid in the mid-to-late 70s (when this show was on the air) and watching it is always good for a flashback or two. It's a reminder that although 70s fashion has made a big comeback, they still managed to filter out some of the really tacky stuff (as cool as Rockford was, I doubt his plaid jackets will ever come back in style).

The Rockford Files is about Jim Rockford, a single, 40-something Private Investigator who lives in a rundown trailer house in sunny Southern California (Malibu, to be precise), drives a gold Pontiac Firebird, and has a dad he simply calls "Rocky". Rockford served in Korea (same as the real-life Garner) and did time in prison for a crime he didn't commit, although he was later pardened. Despite being sharp as a tack and tough on his feet, Rockford is forever getting himself entangled with con men, mobsters, and non-paying clients that keep him from the getting any respect.

Other recurring characters on the show include police Sgt. Dennis Becker (Rockford's close friend and seemingly the only member of the LAPD who doesn't hate his guts), Angel Martin (Rockford's former cellmate in prison & constant source of aggravation), and Beth Davenport (his attorney who frequently has to show up and bail Rockford out of jail).

The typical episode finds Rockford taking on a seemingly simple case that turns into something much bigger, or stumbling onto an unrelated mess while in the course of his regular investigations. Sometimes trouble seeks Rockford in the form of ex-cons he associated with in prison or as a PI, and as you can guess, it's never boring. Rockford routinely gets in over his head and some of his escapes tended to be a bit too Houdini-like, but James Garner's laid-back, easy charm always made sure you kept rooting for him.

Highly recommended!

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