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:
Dennis Becker
Robert Donley ...
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford
Angel Martin
Pat Renella ...
Morrie Talbot
Dr. Ruben Seelman
Norm Mitchell
Joshua Bryant ...
Capt. Harry Dell
Harry Butler
Arnold Demura
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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William Smith, and Nita Talbot both guest-starred in the Mr. Lucky (1959) episode, 'The Gladiators". See more »


Mrs. Elias beautiful house - shown in the first establishing exterior shot as a stoned, Tudor-style home, with sweeping views from a mountain-side perspective, is, in fact not in Vegas (Vegas is a flat desert), but, is considered an iconic example of modern architecture, in the Hollywood Hills. It's Stahl Case House N°22 - 1635 Woods Drive, Los Angeles, CA. See more »


Message on answering machine: Billings. LAPD. You know Thursday is Chapman's 20th year and we're giving a little surprise party at the Captain's. I think you should come. By the way, we need 5 bucks for the present.
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References Columbo (1971) See more »

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Rockford starts out very cynical
1 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

This two hour show was the pilot for "The Rockford Files". There is a different Rocky in the show as Robert Donley would make his only appearance as the character. Noah Beery, Jr. would take over the role for the rest of the series, which turned out to be a great idea. Donley's Rocky isn't nearly as much fun as Beery's and he seemed to be more interested in shaking down his own son for money than anything else.

Rockford is not a particularly easy-going guy in this episode as he seems very concerned about whether or not his client can pay him. We see Rockford asking for a credit check, something he should have done in the future.

Two other supporting characters do show up: Joe Santos as Dennis Becker, Rockford's weary friend on the police force, and Stuart Margolin as Angel Martin, Rockford's shady, but sometimes helpful (not often enough) friend from prison.

There is an emphasis in this show that Rockford only handles cases that the police are no longer investigating. This would be de-emphasized in later shows, although Rockford never gets along well with the police during the show.

Like many stories in the series, the plot gets wrapped up in a hurry at the end and the first 90 minutes of this episode have a lot of atmosphere and opportunities for Rockford to be Rockford.

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