The Rockford Files: Season 4, Episode 10

Hotel of Fear (2 Dec. 1977)

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Accidently witnessing a murder makes Angel Martin the police's prime witness in the trial of the murderer.

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Nova (as Frank De Kova)
Vincent Baggetta ...
Murray Riddel
James Luisi ...
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Madison Arnold ...
Del Kane
Eugene Peterson ...
Louis Gaedel (as Eugene I. Peterson)
Barry Atwater ...
Roach
Barbra Rae ...
Teddy
Fred Carney ...
Howe
Stephen Coit ...
Thompson Welles
James Whitworth ...
Krauss
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Accidently witnessing a murder makes Angel Martin the police's prime witness in the trial of the murderer.

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The episode title, "Hotel of Fear" is also the title of the book Angel "the Cobra" Martin is writing in this episode. See more »

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Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: Muriel is dead! D-on-the-e-d!
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Devil of a time for Angel
8 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode, Angel witnesses a shooting death of a prostitute in a seedy motel, although I'm not sure why Angel is even there to begin with, but the killer with the cool name, Del Kane, who is played solidly by Madison Arnold, sees Angel staring up the steps at Kane in surprise and starts shooting at him. After this happens, he sprints to Rockford's trailer and wakes him up, then asks for help; being a true friend, Jim is sympathetic towards Angel and gives him advice, as James Garner's acting skills are evident in this scene. A few scenes later, Angel is put in a witness protection plan, where he takes full advantage of Chapman, who's also in fine form; Angel is put up in a very nice motel, and orders Chapman to get his eggs for him, and lives like a king. What does Angel do moments after Chapman warns him to stay away from the window? You guessed it, as he's enjoying a glass of wine near the window, a bullet smashes his glass to bits in a very predictable moment. The professional killer, Kane, now wants Rockford dead, as well as Angel, and there's a cool chase scene between the Firebird and a slick Seville, although we hear police sirens during the chase, but we don't know what happened to the police car. Look for a few familiar faces including an unhealthy looking Barry Atwater(who died a few months later, mentioned by the other reviewer of this episode), and Gerald McRaney(Simon & Simon); Rocky makes a funny appearance at a hotel where Jim and Angel are hiding out, Dennis appears very late, but probably wasn't needed. It got slightly confusing to me when some mob guys didn't seem to trust each other, and some want to kill other mob members, but it's still a very fine episode. An important scene near the end has Angel thinking he won on the horses, but it's a trap, as Rockford tried to warn him, but it is in fact a trap, and Angel is taken under a bridge and questioned where Rockford is, while tied with his hands behind his back on a cement piling. A few moments later, Rockford and the police show up, and Dennis shoots one of the hoods, and all is well. This is just another solid episode, with the chemistry between Rockford and Angel the best aspect here.


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