The Rockford Files: Season 3, Episode 22

Dirty Money, Black Light (1 Apr. 1977)

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Jim becomes very concerned when Rocky starts receiving thousands of dollars through the mail.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Agent Steiner
Electric Larry
Joshua Bryant ...
Agent Mike Wolf
Frank Blake
Girl in Tub
Gretchen Corbett ...
Harry Smick
Jud Brown
Mike Lane ...
Tony (as Michael Lane)
Mary Carver ...
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Jim becomes very concerned when Rocky starts receiving thousands of dollars through the mail.

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In this episode Rocky reveals he served in the Seabees. See more »


Near the end of the show when Rockford is being chased, he hurriedly puts his briefcase into the elevator and doesn't punch any floor buttons. This means the elevator car would not have gone anywhere (it was after hours so no one else would be using it). If someone had just punched the outside elevator button the elevator doors would have opened and the briefcase would have been right there. See more »


Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: [to barber] Well, just think Mastroianni, you know, the Mexican movie star, you know, only leave it a little full.
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"That's Rockford, R-O-C-K-F-O-R-D"
8 January 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Noah Beery, Jr. wins a contest for a vacation in Hawaii and little does he know that's an important part of a mob laundering scheme where bundles of cash are sent to the contest winners while away and then retrieved with break-ins. But not all the contest winners had sons who are private detectives who take care of their father's business while away.

Not all those detectives have prison buddies like Stuart Margolin either who helps himself to some of the loose bills which he doesn't know are marked by the Feds for tracking. Angel pays off a loan shark played by Roger E. Mosley whom he's into with some of the marked loot and that starts a merry criminal justice ball rolling.

In the meantime Joe Santos has a dead mob courier who took a fall out of a window. It all ties nicely together, but it takes James Garner to do the tying.

Once again Angel Martin proves he's the last guy you want to be in a foxhole with. Best scene is his interrogation by Feds Wesley Addy and John Bryant where Stuart Margolin spills his guts and gets poor Beery some time in the Federal lockup. It's a good thing Angel such a good ferret for information otherwise Rockford might have left him in an alley somewhere.

Every Rockford Files episode with Stuart Margolin is special.

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