The Rockford Files: Season 5, Episode 5

Kill the Messenger (27 Oct. 1978)

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When an already overly stressed Dennis Becker is lumped with the unwelcome task of finding out who murdered Deputy Chief Town's unfaithful wife, Jim decides to lend a hand in the investigation.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
W.K. Stratton ...
Byron Morrow ...
Deputy Police Chief Eugene W. Towne
James Luisi ...
Alex Colon ...
Nick 'Captain Crunch' Donofrio
Rudy Kempner
Tony Crupi ...
Don Diamond ...
Lt. Alverez
Lee Farr ...
Booking Suspect
Robert Cleaves ...
Leo Benbrook
Nancy Parsons ...
Miss Buettner


When an already overly stressed Dennis Becker is lumped with the unwelcome task of finding out who murdered Deputy Chief Town's unfaithful wife, Jim decides to lend a hand in the investigation.

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27 October 1978 (USA)  »

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Information from the LAPD Miscellaneous Crime Report on the homicide of Eileen Towne: Name: TOWNE, Eileen **(above)** (denoted as Inter-dept in above block) Location: Supermarket pkg. lot (unknown block title): jd Type of Crime: homicide Occurred: 6/18/78, Th, time xx (actual day should have been Sunday) Reported: 6/19/78, time: 903a Vehicle or Suspect seen: none (Info on victim, including age): F/app. 46 Victim's Condition: dec. (LAPD names): Lt. .Chapman (Eugene W. Towne) Int. dept. The name Becker written in ink and circled on top of this line. Address/Town: 3846 Augard Ave, San F'nando (no such address) (probably color of vehicle): yellow See more »


Eileen Towne's crime report lists the date of her death as Thursday, June 18, 1978. June 18, 1978 was, in fact, on a Sunday. See more »


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Lt. Becker
19 August 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Sgt. Dennis Becker has enough pressure on him. He's taking the Lieutenant's test and is determined to pass this time. However when one of the top Police official's wife is found dead in her car, Becker's life becomes more complicated as Lt. Chapman assigns him the case. Knowing this is a possible career-killer of a case, Dennis goes ahead with the investigation. At the request of the always enjoyable Pat Finley as Peg, Dennis' wife, Rockford agrees to check out the case quietly behind the scenes to help Dennis avoid any land mines that are out there. A very good episode, notable for the appearance of Ed Harris as a policeman and one of the rare appearances of Scotty Becker, the Beckers son who would later turn up as an adult in the Rockford files TV reunion movies of the late 1990's.

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