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Jim helps one of Beth's clients, who is being swindled out of his business.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Dennis Becker (credit only)
Joseph DiMinna
Gretchen Corbett ...
Suzanne Charny ...
Robert Yuro ...
James Luisi ...
Burt Stryker
Eddie Fontaine ...
Sweet Tooth London
Jimmy Lydon ...
Barrow (as James Lydon)
Mike Lane ...
Fred (as Michael Lane)
Ril Raden ...


Jim helps one of Beth's clients, who is being swindled out of his business.

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30 January 1976 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The big car chase takes place in the streets of Long Beach and the old Long Beach Pike. Coincidentally this is where they now hold the Long Beach Grand Prix every spring. See more »


At the celebration party in Joey's restaurant, Rockford is shown wearing the same clothes he wore before he went to collect the payoff. This means that Jim didn't take a shower or change his clothes after he had crawled through the sewers under the park. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Caller: Sorry Jim, this is for Rocky. Hey Rock, Stan. Got that red head and her sister, 10:30 at Macy's Grill!
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He Needed and got a con job
3 October 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Michael Ansara guest stars in this Rockford Files episode where he plays an ex-con, one that James Garner didn't meet in the joint, but who made a great effort to go straight, now running a restaurant and about to lose it because of some con job and a crooked lawyer who was really working for his partner James Luisi. Yes, I did say James Luisi who later was memorable as Rockford's sworn foe in the LAPD, Lt. Chapman.

There is an element of poignancy here with Ansara who is trying so hard not be a recidivist and go back to a life of leg breaking which he was for the mob. But he does have a temper and he and Garner do not hit it off at first. But Gretchen Corbett convinces him to help as does Ansara's daughter Suzanne Charny.

What is fascinating here is that Garner says to Corbett and Ansara that he needs a Certified Public Accountant rather than a detective. Turns out he needs a con man and Garner sure qualifies for that. Of course getting dragged in a bit reluctantly on that end is Stuart Margolin.

For someone who is not the bravest guy in the world Stuart Margolin sure lives on the edge. But he's positively pathological addicted to conning people and he can't resist a good fleecing. I knew a lawyer who later become a judge who didn't have the greatest of reputations who was just like that.

I enjoy a good fleecing to, but only when its on television like this Rockford Files episode where it happens to people who really deserve it.

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