Jim's Malibu neighbourhood becomes the site of a treasure hunt for a stash of gold bullion, stolen fifty years earlier.



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Episode cast overview:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Althea Morgan
Carl Colton 'C.C.' Calloway
John McLinton
Frederick Herrick ...
Cliff Calloway
John Davey ...
Raymond O'Keefe ...
Jake Sands
Frankie Reva
Jerry Summers ...
Mick Jarrow
Kermit Wilson
Luis Delgado ...


Jim's Malibu neighbourhood becomes the site of a treasure hunt for a stash of gold bullion, stolen fifty years earlier.

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28 September 1979 (USA)  »

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The $35,000 Rockford owes would be equivalent to $115,000 in 2015 after adjusting for inflation. See more »


After Angel (Stuart Margolin gives his 'Sierra Madre' speech, Jim and Althea leave his trailer. When they close the trailer's door, they can be seen walking towards (what would be) the beach, but, for a brief moment, Jim's shadow can be seen, falling on the backdrop, used to represent the parking lot. See more »


Jim Rockford: [Jim's in the Paradise Cove men's room, with C.C. Calloway, and his nephew, Cliff. Rockford's been called in to have a talk, after he mentions vaguely of his knowing why - and what - C.C.'s been doing/looking for with his metal detector. He turns to Cliff] You know what they used to call your uncle back then? Old 'come with the cash' Calloway.
Cliff Calloway: [Chewing gum, and trying a 'tough-guy' posture] Hey. I ain't afraid of you mister.
Jim Rockford: Now, what has that got to do with anything?
Cliff Calloway: You go messin' our deal, ...
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References The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) See more »

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Ticket to Paradise
4 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a terrific episode which starts the final season of the epic Rockford Files, and it revolves around a buried treasure of gold which happens to be buried under Jim's trailer, of all places. Marriet Hartley guest stars and it's obvious of the chemistry between her and James Garner, as only a few years later they would star in many commercials together; they seem at ease with each other and it clearly shows. Speaking of guest stars, Stuart Margolin really shines here as Angel, who is more prominent in the latter half of this segment and has many terrific scenes and is eagerly awaiting his chance of finally making the big score he's always dreamed of; he and Rockford are usually great together and even more so this time around. Leif Ericson, he of the very skinny legs, also stars as a former sheriff searching for the gold. Dennis and Rocky also have a few scenes as well. There's a rather sad moment for me when Jim mentions that maybe it's time to move the trailer after living there for 6 years, and I have to wonder if this was a portent of things to come, considering that the show is nearing its' end in slightly more than 3 months. This episode has several funny aspects, which is always great for this show, and perhaps the funniest moments are when the Firebird, Althea's(Hartley)car, Angel's car, and Rocky's truck all are involved in accidents throughout the duration. There aren't many solid episodes in the last season, but make sure to catch this true golden gem(pun intended)if you get the chance. It turns out that the gold was stolen from the military and it belongs to them, and the entire excavation was for nothing, but it made for a great episode I'll make certain to watch again if it comes on.

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