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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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Release Date:
13 September 1974 (USA) See more »
The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator. Full summary »
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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 22 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 301)

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)

Series Directed by
William Wiard (28 episodes, 1975-1979)
Lawrence Doheny (12 episodes, 1974-1976)
Ivan Dixon (9 episodes, 1975-1979)
Jerry London (8 episodes, 1974-1977)
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)
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)
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)
Bob Herron .... stunts (6 episodes, 1974-1977)
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)
Tom Glass .... truck stunts (2 episodes, 1975)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt driver (2 episodes, 1978)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Charles R. Young .... camera operator (55 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 (20 episodes, 1974-1979)
Mike Post .... composer: theme music (20 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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Also Known As:
"Jim Rockford, Private Investigator" - USA (syndication title)
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60 min (123 episodes)
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Jim was a Korean War veteran, which was referred to various times throughout the series. There was a late season one episode which dealt with Rockford's service in more detail, and included a clip from a supposed "home movie" taken while Jim was in service, along with his squad mate, portrayed by Hector Elizondo, but unfortunately, it is very clear that for the creation of the "look back" footage, that the makeup artists were unable to make Garner look like he would have in 1952.See more »
Plot holes: Throughout the series, Rockford's trailer, parked in a parking lot, has electricity and running water, yet there is no evidence of a power line or plumbing attached to the unit.See more »
Jim Rockford:[Grabbing Angel by the lapel and throat & walking him back against a fence] Angel, you are driving me crazy, you understand me, I'm going crazy, I can't take it anymore!
Angel Martin:Jimmy!
Jim Rockford:Years and years and years, I'm goin out of my mind, with your stupid and ridiculous lies and games, year after year!
Angel Martin:You're jammin' my windpipe!
Jim Rockford:[ripping his hands from Angel's neck, showing Angel his trembling hands] Look at me, look at me, look at me!
Angel Martin:Jimmy?
Jim Rockford:Just don't say anything, just don't - say - anything!
Angel Martin:Jimmy?
Jim Rockford:[exasperated] What?
Angel Martin:I'm sorry. A stick of fruit gum?
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78 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
Maybe the best detective character ever conceived, 6 September 2001
Author: rulerattray

What the hell kind of a detective is this? The guy's not strong jawed, self-righteous and brave, and he seldom even carries a gun, much less shoots anyone. Since he consistently gets stiffed by his clients, he has to live hand to mouth in a cheesy trailer in a parking lot. (The trailer, incidently, is only crummy on the outside. Inside, it's comfortable, well furnished and clean, much like Rockford's character.)

Even the cops in this excellent series are presented as human, not as cardboard heroes. They've got the same pecking order problems at work that most of us have. In fact, ALL of the characters in this series seem to have some depth.

One of the most amazing things about the show's plots is that they hardly ever had to be resolved by gunfire because the writers were too lazy to come up with anything else.

Jim Garner's charm was a big part of the show's success, but it was the superb writing that made "The Rockford Files" so consistently entertaining. Many of the stories would have made first rate movies, particularly some of the two parters.

I'll never forget Angel begging Rockford for help after getting himself thoroughly enmeshed with the mob through his own stupidity and greed. Rockford chews him out, explains exactly why he ought to let him go right down the drain, and challenges him to come up with one good reason he should help him.

"Because you're my friend," Angel says, leaving Rockford without a comeback.

A friend like that, I could use.

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