The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Coulter City Wildcat 

Rocky is forced to sign oil lease rights he owns away, leading Jim to investigate who and why someone wanted Rocky's seemingly worthless leases so badly.



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Episode cast overview:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Dennis Becker (credit only)
Beth Davenport
Patricia Stich ...
Claude Orzeck
Walter Link
Sharon Compton ...
Hal Bokar ...
2nd Bidder
John Clavin ...
1st Bidder
Gordon Hurst ...
Thomas Snowcroft - 3rd Bidder
Ed Deemer ...


Rocky is forced to sign oil lease rights he owns away, leading Jim to investigate who and why someone wanted Rocky's seemingly worthless leases so badly.

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12 November 1976 (USA)  »

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When Jim leaves Rocky's house...the bad guys(Dennis Burkley and accomplice) car (what appears to be Kojak's cruiser) is not visible, though the bad guys are waiting inside. When the bad guys leave, their car is now visible, though neither one went outside to move it. See more »


Gerald A. O'Malley: [Jim calls Mr. O'Malley - a slightly paranoid survivalist with a bomb shelter out back of his property. Jim calls him, pretending there's about to be a nuclear attack, in order to get Mr. O'Malley safe, by having him get into his shelter] Hello?
Jim Rockford: [Usiing a southern drawl] Mr. Gerald A. O'Malley?
Gerald A. O'Malley: Yeah?
Jim Rockford: Yeah, this is Roger Martel, sir. Kern County civil defense.
Gerald A. O'Malley: [Happy and eager to do his part'] Yes sir! What can I do for you?
Jim Rockford: Government agencies have informed us that the Che Guevera unit of the ALF ...
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Father and son team up
18 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Noah Beery, Jr. is a man who disapproves of his son's profession and has voiced that on many occasion. But when a couple of thugs come over and give him a beating and force him to sign over an oil lease that he thought was worthless Rocky needs the services of his son.

Father and son work this one together. Some mighty unfriendly people keep shooing him away from the lot that Beery has leased. But he's not even their main target. There's a survivalist out there in the middle of the wilds played by John Anderson and he's the best one in this episode. He's the main target of the goons and I have to say that James Garner quite cleverly plays on his fear of nuclear holocaust to save his life.

In the end we also have Gretchen Corbett to explain why those leases are in such demand. You'll have to see the story to find out what this was all about.

Highlighting this one is Beery and Anderson. Anderson is one whacked out paranoid man.

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