The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Backlash of the Hunter 

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



(teleplay by), (story by) (as John Thomas James)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Grimes
Mildred Elias
Robert Donley ...
Pat Renella ...
Morrie Talbot
Dr. Ruben Seelman
Ted Gehring ...
Norm Mitchell
Joshua Bryant ...
Capt. Harry Dell
Harry Butler
Arnold Demura (as Robert B. Williams)
Claude Johnson ...


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 <>

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27 March 1974 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Robert Donley, portrayed Joseph "Rocky" Rockford, only in this pilot. The role for the entirety of the series was played by 'Noah Beery Jr'. See more »


During the car chase near the end of the show (just before the airplane shows up), the rear window of Rockford's car is missing and then reappears. The window continues to disappear and reappear several times. See more »


Sara Butler: You aren't afraid of him are you?
Jim Rockford: You damn right I am.
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References Columbo (1971) See more »

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9 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For the most part, I enjoyed this pilot episode for the Rockford Files very much, as there were many guest stars including Lindsay Wagner, William Smith, Bill Mumy, Nita Talbot, Stuart Margolin, and Joshua Bryant. Future staple Joe Santos had a small role as Dennis Becker. The opening sequence is slightly different than the regular series, and Rockford's dad Rocky is played by another actor, and rather mediocre if you ask me, as his dad in the pilot looks like a bum; thankfully, this was his only episode. Anyway, watch for many seedy shots of the strip in Los Angeles and a rather funny scene in the men's room between Jim and Smith. Speaking of Smith, he plays a great villain and is ruthless, especially the way he murders the old man under the boardwalk.

A few scenes weren't believable, like how the airplane kept missing Jim's Firebird when firing the machine gun, and how easily the criminals get captured. Also, look for the obligatory make out scene between Rockford and Lindsay Wagner.

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