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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Dennis Becker
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Kendall Warren
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Princess Irene Rachevsky
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Lt. Doug Chapman
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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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Max Escobedo
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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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Garner and Bacall were romantically linked around this time. For a time in '79, Garner was separated from his wife. During this period, Bacall guest starred on a two-part episode of Rockford Files, but Garner denied the rumor - said it was the pressures of the show in fact, which led to the months-long separation from his longtime spouse. See more »

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: You're gonna see a real princess... dressed like that?
Jim Rockford: Well sure Dad, I don't have much choice. My satin knee britches and barouche are still at the cleaners.
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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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Bogie's Baby
23 September 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Bacall's back and Rockford has got her! James Garner played detective Phillip Marlowe in "Marlowe" in the 1960's and Lauren Bacall played opposite Hunphrey Bogart who played Marlowe in "The Big Sleep". In addition, apparently Garner and Bacall had been seeing each other around this time (she also co-starred with Garner in Robert Altman's ill-fated "HealtH") so its no wonder they have a good amount of chemistry in this two parter.

Unfortunately, the story is a bit of a mess as Bacall plays Kendall Warren,the friend of a Princess (Dana Wynter from "Sink the Bismark")who appears to have had a attempt on her life. The resolution is pretty good, but in stretching the story out to fill two full episodes, it just kills the pace despite the chemistry between Bacall and Garner and the welcome presence of regulars like Angel, Dennis and Lt. Chapman. If they'd have boiled this down to one show or kept it tighter in a 90 minute episode, this would have been much better.

I'm only sorry Kendall never met Rockford's old lawyer Beth Davenport. The fur would have been flying!


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