The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 9

In Pursuit of Carol Thorne (8 Nov. 1974)

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Jim tails a woman just released from prison. She was involved in a robbery of a Marine Payroll. The mastermind of the crime and his henchman follow her as well. They search for the remaining robber who wound up with the loot.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Lynette Mettey ...
Carol Thorne (as Lynnette Mettey)
Robert Symonds ...
Mr. Hoad / Miles Keeley
Bill Fletcher ...
Nate Spinella
Jim Antonio ...
Cliff Hoad
Laffit Pincay Jr. ...
Irene Tedrow ...
Mrs. Hoad / Dixie
Vince Howard ...
Sandy Ward ...
Det. Boris Sausman
James McAlpine ...


Jim tails a woman just released from prison. She was involved in a robbery of a Marine Payroll. The mastermind of the crime and his henchman follow her as well. They search for the remaining robber who wound up with the loot.

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Rockford at the races
2 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The summary title is regarding how Rockford fancies himself as a bookie this time around, while he's on the search for Carol Thorne, a woman who was just released from prison, and she supposedly knows where a stolen $1 million is located. This isn't among my favorites, especially the disappointing performance of actor Robert Symonds as a fellow con artist, but the formula for this great show is slowly shaping into form. We first see Rockford riding on a bus, while wearing a funny looking straw hat, as he follows Thorne around; he was hired by 2 people to locate her, although he was unaware his clients are also con artists also looking for the stolen money. No one is who they appear to be, and the usually great poker player Rockford gets burned a few times, much to his chagrin. There's also a few funny scenes with Rocky, who regrettably helps his son on this case; poor Rocky was kicked out of the Firebird when Jim needed to follow the woman. The bottom line how Jim and the woman's old boyfriend Cliff(she calls him dumb)basically trick the others into searching the wrong place for the money. An unrealistic scene is when the group has to hike for 3 hours, some of them wearing dress shoes, through an uphill wooded clearing to continue the search, and they hardly break a sweat. The money ends up being stashed inside Cliff's beat up car, and both he and Jim collect a reward after turning the money over to the authorities. A nice touch is when Cliff says he'll use the money to see his folks for the first time in 3 years, as he calls Jim his friend. The final scene has Rockford returning to his trailer, only to find Carol sitting there with a gun in her hand, as she tells Jim that she won $3,000 for the horses he bet for her while he played a bookie. His reward as for $5,000, and since he doesn't welch on bets, he's forced to give her what she's owed. He says to her that she's hard on a man's ego, to which she tells him to take her to dinner, and she'll fix that. As I said above, this was a decent episode, but it didn't have enough interesting characters or great story to make me in a hurry to watch this one again.

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