IMDb > The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... (1996) (TV)

The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... (1996) (TV) More at IMDbPro »


User Rating:
7.6/10   174 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 14% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Stephen J. Cannell (created by)
Juanita Bartlett (written by)
View company contact information for The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
14 January 1996 (USA) See more »
When Jim is arrested in the death of a rival private investigator, it is left to Jim to prove his own innocence, with the help of Jess Wilding, an old friend of Rocky's, which Jim never knew about. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Always a pleasure See more (2 total) »


  (in credits order)

James Garner ... Jim Rockford

Dyan Cannon ... Jess Wilding

Joe Santos ... Lt. Dennis Becker
Gretchen Corbett ... Beth (Davenport) Van Zandt

Tom Atkins ... Cmdr. Alex Diehl
James Luisi ... Capt. Doug Chapman

Carmen Argenziano ... Hector Gustavo

Steve Eastin ... Special Agent Millard Weeks

Dyana Ortelli ... Linda Gustavo

Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin

Beverly Leech ... Eleanor

Randy Oglesby ... Stringer
Linden Chiles ... Senator Aspall

Sal Lopez ... Joselito
Michael Leopard ... George
Herschel Sparber ... Bud Monckton

James A. Watson Jr. ... McCool
Jack Garner ... Captain McEnroe
Shirley Anthony ... Sally

Jay Montalvo ... Officer Martinez (as Xavier Montalvo)

Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Ernesto (as Thomas Rosales)

Leon Simmons ... Desk Sergeant

Rolando Molina ... Ramon
Terry Jackson ... Agent Delamo
Jodi Baskerville ... Commentator
Terry James ... Officer #1
Robert Powell ... Officer #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Perry Santos ... Pete
Michael Haddad ... Homeless Man (uncredited)

Coleman McClary ... Detective (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeannot Szwarc 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Juanita Bartlett  written by
Stephen J. Cannell  created by
Roy Huggins  created by

Produced by
Juanita Bartlett .... executive producer
Stephen J. Cannell .... supervising producer
David Chase .... supervising producer
James Garner .... executive producer
Mark Horowitz .... producer
Chas. Floyd Johnson .... executive producer
Maryann Rea .... associate producer (as Mary Ann Rea)
Mark R. Schilz .... producer
Original Music by
Pete Carpenter 
Mike Post 
Cinematography by
Steve Yaconelli (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Pamela Malouf  (as Pam Malouf-Cundy)
Production Design by
Sandy Getzler 
Art Direction by
Ann Harris 
Set Decoration by
Robert L. Zilliox 
Costume Design by
April Ferry 
Makeup Department
Charlotte Harvey .... hair stylist
Charlene Roberson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mark R. Schilz .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lester Wm. Berke .... second assistant director (as Les Berke)
Roydon Clark .... second unit director
Clifford C. Coleman .... first assistant director (as Cliff Coleman)
Phil Cook .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Bill Fannon Jr. .... property master (as Bill Fannon)
Jaroslav Gebr .... featured artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Norval D. Crutcher III .... sound editor (as Charlie Crutcher)
Sean Rush .... sound mixer
Ron S. Herbes .... adr editor (uncredited)
Ron S. Herbes .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Ron Horwitz .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Mark Kamps .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Dean St. John .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Lydian Tone .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunt coordinator
Michael J. Sarna .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Barone .... gaffer (as Thomas Barone)
Ron Stafford .... key grip
Joseph D. Urbanczyk .... additional photography
Douglas L. Adam Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jeffrey Kincheloe .... best boy grip (uncredited)
David Roth .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
David Giella .... casting: Reuben Cannon & Associates
Editorial Department
Michael Karlich .... assistant film editor
Carey Len Smith .... post-production coordinator
Location Management
Paul Brinkman .... location manager
David Berthiaume .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Patty McGettigan .... music editor
Pete Carpenter .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Ian Dye .... composer: additional music, orchestrator (uncredited)
Mike Post .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Steve Hellerstein .... transportation coordinator
Lee Stepp .... transportation captain
Other crew
Luis Delgado .... assistant to executive producer
Suzanne Gundlach .... script supervisor
Susan Hayes .... production accountant (uncredited)

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
92 min | 120 min (including commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Because James Garner's original production company, Cherokee Productions did not produce any movies or television shows after 1980 due to Garner's disputes with Universal Studios, Garner formed a new production company to produce the Rockford movies in the 1990s. The name of the new production company was MGB Productions, with the "M" standing for Meta Rosenberg, the "G" standing for James Garner, and the "B" standing for Juanita Bartlett. Meta Rosenberg was his long time agent and producer, who also directed a few episodes of the original series. Juanita Bartlett was also a long time writer and producer on the original Rockford series, who started writing for Garner shows all the way back to "Nichols" (1971).See more »
Anachronisms: A gun is inside on his pocket, when some people try to kidnap him, the gun was taken away, Rockford couldn't have the gun because he was handcuffed by the LAPD and later was taken by FBI agents.See more »
Lt. Dennis Becker:In the cookie jar, sir!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Gaslight (1944)See more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Always a pleasure, 7 November 2015
Author: blanche-2 from United States

The Rockford Files was one of my favorite shows, and I loved the fact that a series of TV movies were done after the show ended. James Garner was perfection in the role of the down on his luck detective, who depended upon the kindness of a friend in the police department, a low-life sleaze, and a sympathetic attorney for help when he needed it.

This one, "If the Frame Fits," was done in 1996 and brings back the cast, with the exception of Noah Berry, Jr. as Joseph Rockford, who died in 1994. You couldn't pick a better cast and better relationships with Jim -- Joe Santos as Dennis, Gretchen Corbett as Beth, Stuart Margolin as Angel, and who can forget James Luisi as that nasty Lieutenant Chapman?

In this one, Jim Rockford is arrested when a rival of his, Bud Monckton, also a detective, is murdered. The two of them had some public arguments, and Rockford is dragged down to headquarters as a likely suspect. For some reason, Dennis seems to think his superiors aren't aware that "Jimbo" is a friend of his and keeps pretending they barely know one another, as he's afraid for his job.

Soon it becomes obvious that Jim has been framed, but by whom and why? An old friend of Rocky's, Jess (Dyan Cannon) offers to help prove his innocence.

There's not much to say about this or the other movies -- when you have good actors who have worked together for so long and have such excellent chemistry, the story almost doesn't matter because they're so much fun to watch.

You'll enjoy untangling the mystery, though, and hearing the fun dialogue.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (2 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... (1996)


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Spider Returns The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads After the Thin Man Mirage The House of Fear
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
IMDb Action section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.