The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Profit and Loss, Part 1: Profit 

Jim investigates a large corporation when one of its executives is kidnapped and the wife of another executive claims the company murdered her husband.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Leon Fielder
Dennis Becker
Beth Davenport
Stan Gorrick
Carl Bovino
Arnold Love
Helen Morris
John Carter ...
Ray Girardin ...
Don Billett ...
Dan Shavelson (as Donald Billett)
Solly Marshall
J. Jay Saunders ...
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Jim investigates a large corporation when one of its executives is kidnapped and the wife of another executive claims the company murdered her husband.

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20 December 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Every time any character says the company name 'Fiscal Dynamics,' the line is over-dubbed from the original ("Financial Dynamics"). This was done, most likely, due to a real company by this name being identified between the completion of the script, and post-production. See more »


Silencers don't work on revolvers. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Caller: Hey Jimmy. This here's Titus Garrett. Remember me? From the Army? I'm stuck here in town. How about I come over and bunk with you, buddy!
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Referenced in The Rockford Files: The House on Willis Avenue (1978) See more »

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Classic detective TV Show - Profit!
14 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

R.I.P. James Garner (1928 - 2014) you will be always Jim Rockford and you are missed by everyone and you are one of the most underrated actors.

The Rockford Files is a classic 70's detective show created by Roy Huggins and Stephen J. Cannell. Into the detective TV shows I was more into Magnum P.I. , Riptide and Remington Steele. The most shows I was watching as a kid were Knight Rider, The A-Team, The Incredible Hulk and The Six Million Dollar Man. I didn't know nothing about The Rockford Files as a kid and as a teen I was more in to Magnum P.I. more than in The Rockford Files. Today that I am watching the complete first season and I must say I am impressed with this TV show. The Rockford Files is Miles way better than Magnum P.I. ever was. Trough whole Season 1 I haven't saw Jim Rockford killing any person, the show has most of humor. Jim Rockford almost never uses his gun, he almost never kills a baddies. Oh boy life of private investigator is tough and hard, trough whole season I see Jim been punched and been coned. Jim was working alone on a cases and he didn't use his friends to help him to crack his cases down like Magnum did! I hate how some of his clients are coning him for his services and they don't pay him a squad. He is a honest guy, that try's to make living for him self, he also likes to go fishing. I really do miss the 70's and I miss this TV Show.

Season 1 of The Rockford Files is terrific and a classic TV show. The Rockford Files spawned a numerous detective shows because the detective shows in the 80's become very popular.

Profit and Loss (Parts 1 & 2) are two-part stories which are my favorite episodes in the first season and they are terrific and very serious and realistic. I love The Rockford Files and the first season is a classic and Profit is the first episode of the first two part stories.

Plot: A very frightened computer programmer working for Fiscal Dynamics is kidnapped from Jim's trailer before he can hire Rockford to act as his go between with the Feds. After Jim files a police report, the programmer says he never met Jim, who is then charged with filing a false police report. The wife of a former employee of Fiscal Dynamics hires Jim to investigate the suspicious death of her husband.

In this episode a man is kidnapped from Rockford's trail while two goons knocks out Jim and take the man away. Jim makes a police report but the computer executive turns up alive, telling the district attorney he never saw Rockford, and the wife denies ever being worried about anything, Rockford finds that his aggravation is only beginning. Rockford finds him self for 4 till 6 months of jail for falsely report and when he starts investigating the company Fiscal Dynamics, president and the owner Leon Fielder (Ned Beatty) of the company threatening Jim with a law suit of $10,000,000. A woman Doris Parker (Sharon Spelman) hires Jim to investigate the company, because the leader of top dogs Leon Fielder is responsible for her husband's dead, so the two investigate the company.

This episode is really dark with a twist, James Garner expertly takes Rockford, and the viewers, on a fascinating trip through this episode's twists and turns. The big risk in a two-parter is that there will be excessive padding, a pitfall "Profit and Loss" deftly avoids.

This episode get's 9 out of 10 I enjoy it, but not as much I have enjoy part II. James Garner was incredible as Detective Rockford!

The Rockford Files is an American television drama series starring James Garner that aired on the NBC network between September 13, 1974, and January 10, 1980, and has remained in syndication to the present day. Garner portrays Los Angeles-based private investigator Jim Rockford with Noah Beery, Jr., in the supporting role of his father, a retired truck driver nicknamed "Rocky".

9/10 Grade: A+ Studio: Universal Television Starring: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Ned Beatty, Sharon Spelman,Joe Santos, Gretchen Corbett Director: Lawrence Doheny Producers: Stephen J. Cannell, William F. Phillips, Meta Rosenberg, Jo Swerling Jr. Screenplay: Stephen J. Cannell, Roy Huggins Rated: R Running Time: 50 minutes

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