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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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Dennis Becker (credit only)
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Harold Jack Coombs
Trisha Noble ...
Odette Lependieu
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Harry Steel
Gary Crosby ...
Larry Litrell
David Hooks ...
Frederick Doyle
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Angel Martin
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Mr. Brockelman
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Mrs. Brockelman
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Richie Brockelman
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Stanley Brock ...
Cowboy Mickey Martell
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Dr. Wetherford
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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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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 »

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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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His exploitable weaknesses
1 October 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Jim Rockford's friend and kind of protégé Richie Brockelman who was briefly the protagonist in his own series comes to James Garner for help. It seems as though a ruthless businessman played by Robert Webber when he couldn't get Harold Gould to sell his printing business uses some strong arm tactics. Gould is Richie's father and Kim Hunter plays his mother.

James Garner who occasionally had to con people to get results on his cases and has Stuart Margolin available works a big con on Webber and it takes two episodes. This first part is setting it up and doing research on Webber to see what his exploitable weaknesses are. They come up with a few of them.

Nice two part story, a homage to The Sting.


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