The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job: Part 1 

When a corrupt businessman uses extortion to force Richie Brockleman's father to sell him his business for a paltry amount, Richie goes to Jim for advice on how to get back at him with a con job.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Dennis Becker (credit only)
Harold Jack Coombs
Trisha Noble ...
Odette Lependieu
Pepper Martin ...
Harry Steel
Gary Crosby ...
Larry Litrell
David Hooks ...
Frederick Doyle
Mrs. Brockelman
Salt Walther ...
Stanley Brock ...
Cowboy Mickey Martell
Dr. Wetherford


When a corrupt businessman uses extortion to force Richie Brockleman's father to sell him his business for a paltry amount, Richie goes to Jim for advice on how to get back at him with a con job.

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3 March 1979 (USA)  »

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Harold Gould, plays the part of Richie Brockelman's father, who gets cheated out of his business. Richie goes to Rockford to help him run a con (a 'sting') on the men who cheated his father. A few years earlier, Gould had a feature role in the film The Sting (1973), about an elaborate con to cheat a cheater. See more »


Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: [rummaging around in the stuff in the back of the truck that's going to the Good Will] If you don't help that boy's daddy, I'm gonna be mad at you!
Jim Rockford: Yeah, well life's full of bitter disappointments, Dad! I have a question for you. Why are you doing poking around in there again?
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: Well I gotta question for you too! Where did this toaster come from?
Jim Rockford: [becomes sheepish] That toaster...? Oh... that's the one you gave me for Christmas...
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: [indignant] Yeah! Thirty-four dollars and seventy-five cents!
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The Sting redux, a 'la Rockford
30 August 2015 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Way back when.... I was a 'little pup,' and watched The Rockford Files when they were first on, the character of 'Richie Brockleman,' as well as (the actor portraying him) Dennis Dugan annoyed me.

Perhaps it was his 'gosh, gee-wilickers'-ness, but, back then, I couldn't get into watching him - either here, or, his spin-off series.

Jumping up to present-day, when we've the ability to watch a series, like this from it's first to last episode, I started watching the series in its entirety (back then, I stopped after about the 3rd season, or so).

I re-watched this episode about 6 months ago, and at the time, I gave it an '8.' I'm watching Rockford again, this summer, and am now again beginning to watch the two-part 'Never Send A Boy King...,' and it really is even better this time around.

I'm sure I'm not the only Rockford fan who also loves The Sting, and this two-parter - which, is really movie-length - is akin to a latter-day take on that great con movie.

I'm still not finished watching the first part, which, is really the back-story for the hustle, and it's set-up, but, it's very apparent how much fun was had making this episode by all.

When Rockford...or, is that perhaps Mr. Garner... takes the race car on the track to race Coombs for the pink-slip, the joy he had driving is palpable, and the smile on his face is there, even though his mask covers his face.

This episode pulls out all-the-stops.

The Rockford Files is well-known for its quality writing, as well as in casting, and this episode is a veritable who's-who of great 70's character actors - all those faces you know, but, not always know their names.

The hustle, or should I say, the opening acts of the hustle are so well-staged, down to using grifter idioms, to me, it's a pleasure to watch experts - no matter what their forté - ply their craft.

And, yes; I can even find Brockleman/Dugan 'okay' to watch - in this delicious bite-sized treat.

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