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)
Dennis Becker
Carl Colton 'C.C.' Calloway
Frederick Herrick ...
John Davey ...
Raymond O'Keefe ...
Jake Sands
Frankie Reva
Jerry Summers ...
Mick Jarrow
Kermit Wilson
Luis Delgado ...
Officer Billings


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 »


Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: [trying to sound menacing] Hey! Buckaroo, I don't let nobody outta my sight. This is the Big One! This is the Big Score! I don't sleep. I sit on my blanket with my gun on my lap and I keep an eye on you all night long...
Jim Rockford: [unimpressed, he looks at Althea Morgan] Yeah, Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt; terrific ending. Almost everybody ate a bullet!
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References The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) See more »

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What a way to go!
5 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

For those of you too young, or not yet born, during the late 70's, James Garner and Mariette Hartley starred in a delightful series of commercials for Polaroid camera (true - there was a time when people actually bought JUST instant cameras, and the Polaroids - which were printed 'instantly' - in under a minute, was the cool way to take pictures).

It was inevitable for Mariette Hartley to guest star on The Rockford Files.

The chemistry these 2 had was - as others have said - so wonderful, many people thought they were a couple.

I was just a kid, and, I remember them so fondly, that, while I type this, I've a big grin on my face.

This season premiere would turn out to be The Rockford Files last. As many know, the wear and tear, physically - his knee in particular - on Mr. Garner, was becoming so bad that, despite Rockford still being as popular as ever, Mr. Garner decided his health was more important.

I can't blame him, though.

I know I'm not alone when I wish Rockford never ended. He - the character of Jim Rockford - had become so fully developed, that he was someone we felt he was a friend.

This last season was truncated, but, it sure started out with what is essentially a gift to the fans of this terrific series (as well as Polaroid, who, I'm certain we're delighted as well).

Jim's got some real pain in the behind on his ... behind, in the form of C.C. Calloway, who's one of those neighbours who feels they're the 'centre' of everything - be it simple stuff, like community issues, to being just a real annoying pr--k, and butting in to everyone's private issues.

The episode begins with an issue between the 2 men - Rockford and Calloway - in which Jim lost - big. Apparently, he owes Calloway $35,000 ($138417.75 in 2015) as the result of a lawsuit, of a car accident (and as zsensorrock said in their terrific review of this episode; why the insurance company didn't foot the bill is anybody's guess).

For anyone, least of all 'Jimbo,' that's an insurmountable amount - so-much-so, that his trailer, and all his belongings will be sold off, auctioned off to pay this debt.

Ms. Hartley shows up, as Althea Morgan, the court-appointed assessor, and she gets involved with trying to help Jim (because, let's face it; Jim is a likable guy) at least be still able to make some money after the sell-off of his stuff.

This leads to the meat episode.

I don't recite plots - that's not a 'review.'

I'm just going to say the on-screen chemistry between these 2 is superb - it's a treat to watch them interact; they fit together so beautifully, and it's easy to see why their commercials were as successful as they were.

This episode has it all; terrific writing, terrific acting, and it shows how - like Rockford's Firebird - this series fires on all its pistons, and the results for viewers is an hour of fun.

I read the reviews here, and they, like me, all gush about the Hartley/Garner pairing and how wonderful they are in this episode.

I'm definitely on-board as well, and I highly recommend it.

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