The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Only Rock 'n' Roll Will Never Die: Part 1 

Jim senses something is out of tune while looking into the disappearance of a rock star's producer.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Dennis Becker
Kristoffer Tabori ...
Tim Richie
Whitney Cox
George Loros ...
Eddie Lo Presti
Ronny Martz
Bernie Seldon
Leigh Christian ...
Diane Bjornstrom
Alain Florio (as Jean Paul Vignon)
Fred Carney ...
Mitchell Robinson
Dwight Deleau
Jan Teige ...
Julie Immelman (as Jan Marie Teige)
Laura Teige ...
Jody Immelman (as Laura Lee Teige)
Alan Chappuis ...
Honore Florio


Jim senses something is out of tune while looking into the disappearance of a rock star's producer.

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19 October 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Jim asks reporter Whitney Cox about her planned profile, she says her 'thesis of the macho man of action cowboy as sex symbol is over..' Then she mentions 'Rod Sewart, Mick Jagger, and even John Travolta...' as modern embodiments of a modern sexual man. Whitney's played by Marcia Strassman, who had portrayed Gabe Kotter's wife on Welcome Back, Kotter, which was the breakout series for John Travolta. See more »


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It's only Rockford 'n' roll, but I like it
10 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

Let me begin by saying this is another typical solid episode, although slightly longer than it should be, but has great writing and performances as is usually the case with this fine show. This is from the final season, and this is from 1979, and I would also say this episode has more pop culture references than any other show I can recall. Names such as Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, and John Travolta are mentioned, plus there's a few mentions of the word disco, including a few girls on skates roaming inside a rock star's mansion. George Loros, who's a bad guy in other episodes, played a major part here as he teams up with Rockford to help locate a missing man, who happened to be best pals with star Tim Richie(Kristoffer Tabori)and is feared either dead or rumored affiliations with the mob; a reason why this friend of Richie split town is because Richie was dabbling in disco music, which is actually par for the course in 1979, as both Jagger and Stewart were criticized for changing their rock music to a more disco friendly beat. Marcia Strassman plays a newspaper writer, and her performance is about average, as I find her character slightly annoying. There is a hilarious scene with both Rockford and Eddie(Loros), who were both shot earlier, as they swat each other where they sustained injuries in the shootings; this happens because Rockford criticizes Eddie's affection for Whitney(Strassman), who pays him no mind. You really have to watch this scene to give it proper justice.

Intrigue as to what happened to Richie's friend was starting to wane on me, and soon after, Rockford digs up the man's body and for a while no one knows who killed him. It finally comes to fruition that two French brothers, who were seen in an earlier court case involving Richie and his former lover, were the murderers. I don't quite recall the motive, but I'm sure cash was involved. Like I said above, the is a very long and sometimes tedious episode, and I rarely feel this way about this great show; that being said, it's still solid enough to keep enough of your interest, plus include Rocky for some scenes, the Firebird, and some beautiful scenery which makes the episode a solid one, but not the best. Lastly, even though Rockford gets shot in the knee, I bet that James Garner's knee problems were acting up around this time, as he has a very noticeable limp during the latter half of the episode, as knee problems and other ailments caused him to leave the show.

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