The Rockford Files: Season 4, Episode 8

Irving the Explainer (18 Nov. 1977)

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Rockford gives himself a headache trying to solve the connection between a 30 year old murder, a valuable missing painting and Nazi Germany.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Karen Hall / Kathryn Cooper
Julius 'Buddy' Richards
Maurice Marsac ...
Chief Inspector Jean-Marc Giono
Daphne Ishawaharda
James Luisi ...
Roger Etienne ...
Inspector Mage
Peter von Zerneck ...
Byron Morrow ...
Irving Patrick
Lester Fletcher ...
Brooke Palance ...
Alex Rodine ...
Willy Schindler
Luis Delgado ...


Rockford gives himself a headache trying to solve the connection between a 30 year old murder, a valuable missing painting and Nazi Germany.

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This episode marks the only time James Coburn ever received a director's credit. See more »


Police Det. Dennis Becker: Stand over there, please. This is official department memoranda open only to department personnel.
Jim Rockford: Boy, you talk about the Nazis around you and it rubs off!
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The opening credits do not begin until the nine minute mark and are shown over archival footage of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. See more »

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So what was Rockford investigating?
23 November 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This was one of the most memorable and original of The Rockford Files episodes. You'll enjoy it, but you'll be scratching your head when its over even more vigorously than James Garner was.

Barbara Babcock hires Garner ostensibly to look up old movie colleagues of a famous director who was known for his pro-Nazi sympathies which made him persona non grata after Pearl Harbor. Pretty soon he finds one in the person of film editor Paul Stewart, but after that it all comes unraveled.

So many people start taking an interest in this case. But does it have to do with the director's Nazi buds, a missing French masterpiece, an old murder/suicide scandal from Hollywood or even the fact that most of his films are missing at the late director's doing? These and many other questions are still puzzling this viewer.

The French Surete is involved with Maurice Marsac and the old Nazis are well represented by Peter Von Zerneck. Not to mention the LAPD with series regulars Joe Santos and James Luisi and of course various and sundry Hollywood characters.

You know the old saying about you can't tell the players without a scorecard. Doesn't mean a thing here because we're not sure what the game is.

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