The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Jim helps a young girl (Lindsay Wagner) whose father was murdered and LAPD has closed the case on without finding the killer.

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Dennis Becker
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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford
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Harry Butler
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Arnold Demura (as Robert B. Williams)
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Private investigator Jim Rockford is hired by a beautiful young woman to solve the murder of her father, a homeless man found beneath a pier two months earlier. The killing was never solved by the police. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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27 March 1974 (USA)  »

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Trivia

While Rockford's voice message plays during the opening introduction, a closeup of his mid-1970s phone shows his number as 555-2368. Rockford has the same phone number as The Twilight Zone: Night Call (1964) when a wheelchair-bound elderly woman receives mysterious calls in the wee hours of the morning. Although her early phone era number is displayed with letters to represent the Klondike exchange, KL-5-2368, both letters represent 5 on the dial. Gladys Cooper plays the invalid whose overbearing personality caused an automobile accident that resulted in her disability and the death of her fiancé a week before they were to be married. A storm has downed the telephone line into a cemetery and onto the grave of her fiancé, who calls her. See more »

Goofs

There are no bullet impacts in the sand during most of the strafing runs in the desert, but in a couple of the shots there is, so there should be impacts seen from most of the runs. See more »

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Followed by The Rockford Files: Deadlock in Parma (1980) See more »

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And no answering machine in sight.
8 February 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

"The Rockford Files" was never a big ratings success, but it found its audience during its six-year run, and to this day is liked by many who watched it in first-run episodes and repeats.

The pilot TV movie has all of the elements that made the series so well-remembered; James Garner's performance as wrongfully imprisoned ex-con and now private investigator Jim Rockford; the laid-back Southern California settings; his supportive-if-old-cootish dad Rocky (played here by Robert Donley instead of Noah Beery), police contact Becker and parolee friend Angel; and Stephen J. Cannell's writing (David Chase may get a lot of the credit these days because of "The Sopranos," but the fact that Cannell's best known creation is "The A-Team" overlooks his having more in his arsenal than just the four members of a crack commando unit). The mystery - a pre-Jaime Sommers Lindsay Wagner hires our hero to find out who killed her father - and the characterisation exist side by side, and if it isn't exactly hardboiled it does make you want to watch more episodes of the series.

Pilots have to introduce the characters, make you want to see more of them, and tell good stories. The cast, director Richard T. Heffron, Cannell and the late Roy Huggins (aka John Thomas James) succeeded on all three counts.


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