The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs: Part 1 

Jim rubs shoulders with royalty when a princess hires him because she believes someone is trying to kill her friend (Lauren Bacall).

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Kendall Warren
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Princess Irene Rachevsky
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Bren Dagley
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Linda Hassler (as Corinne Michaels)
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Peter Pantazzi
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Gordon Flack
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Jim rubs shoulders with royalty when a princess hires him because she believes someone is trying to kill her friend (Lauren Bacall).

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12 October 1979 (USA)  »

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After The Rockford Files concluded production, Garner and Bacall worked together on 2 more projects. They worked together on the movies: HealtH (1980), and the following year The Fan (1981). See more »

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Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Betty Farnell: [Beeep] This is Betty Farnell. I don't know who to call, but I can't reach my foodaholics partner! I'm at Vito's on my second pizza with sausages and mushrooms; Jim come and get me!
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The title is introduced in a staggered fashion. As patrons drive up to a restaurant's valet station, the word "Lions" appears when an elderly couple in a Rolls Royce drive up; then "Tigers" when a couple drive up in a Ferrari 308; then "Monkeys" when a wild costumed couple arrive in a modified Duesenberg convertible; and finally, "Dogs" when Rockford and his date appear in his gold Pontiac. See more »

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Rockford's royalty
20 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very solid episode from the final season of this great show, and the most notable aspect is the appearance of Lauren Bacall, who portrays Kendall(who names their daughter Kendall?), and she happens to be best friends with a princess named Irene(Dana Wynter), as they were classmates in high school years ago. Their friendship is slightly odd, as Kendall travels everywhere with her friend and pretends to be rich, although she is broke. This episode also has all the players involved, including several scenes with Rocky, Jack Garner(James Garner's brother), Chapman, Dennis, and the weasel Angel, who's pleasantly surprised his buddy Jim is involved with the princess; she hired him to find out who's trying to kill Kendall. Rockford has to integrate himself with the rich, pretentious snobs to dig deeper into who's out to kill her, including dressing up at a silly costume party aboard a yacht; in another scene, the guy he chases stupidly jumps off a roof and gets himself killed, and another hood who threatened Rockford gets killed by wine poisoning. As much as I enjoyed this episode and most others, the ending here has to be one of the most unfulfilling in the entire series, as it becomes known that the princess is the one trying kill her friend Kendall, although the motive seems rather weak, and I can't even recall the reason, but I think it has something to do with their old school. It left a bad taste in my mouth, considering the rest of the episode was very good. There's something else that bothered me; the princess can have the hood Tommy Manette(Carmine Caridi)easily killed, but she can't have Kendall killed, even though she's around her all the time? Those details just don't seem plausible, and a better ending could've made this an excellent episode, rather than a good one, although I still recommend watching this.


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