The Rockford Files: Season 3, Episode 8

Rattlers' Class of '63 (26 Nov. 1976)

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Angel is working a con involving the sale of a landfill, and unknown to him or Jim, it happens to be the location of a dead body from an unsolved case from twelve years before. The people who put it there don't want it found.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Elayne Heilveil ...
Regine Boyajian-Martin
Azie Boyajian
John Durren ...
Leo Kale
James Luisi ...
Gretchen Corbett ...
James Wainwright ...
Gene Chechik
Bobby Boyajian
Sandra Kerns ...
Robin Seidlitz
Stacy Keach Sr. ...
Stanley Brock ...
Elliott Deutch


Angel is working a con involving the sale of a landfill, and unknown to him or Jim, it happens to be the location of a dead body from an unsolved case from twelve years before. The people who put it there don't want it found.

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The voice on Jim's answering machine during the show opening titles is that of frequent "Rockford" director and guest star Jackie Cooper. See more »


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My Special Angel
22 October 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Rockford Files always gets a 10 out of 10 with me as a television series. But the episodes that were really special were the ones that involved Stuart Margolin. Stuart's Angel Martin was the best example of a pathological conman ever shown on television. He can't help himself, he does it when he's not even conscious of it. It's second nature to him.

In this episode he does the ultimate thing, he gets married and the reason he gets married to Elayne Heilvel is to avoid having her brothers do some orthopedic surgery with a bat or worse.

Elayne's Armenian brothers are a private carting outfit and they own a piece of waste land that no one wants to buy. Part of a con game that Margolin was running was he and another guy were running was pretending to be foreign investors. When the con is discovered, Margolin's partner is bumped off and he's fleeing. Naturally Margolin brings in James Garner who gets caught up in it all.

But when one of the brothers is also murdered Garner and Margolin are in their usual jackpot with James Luisi as Lieutenant Chapman as always looking to nail them both on something and Gretchen Corbett doing her best to run interference with the legal system.

There is a coda to the episode that is somewhat touching where Margolin shows some semblance of true feelings with Heilwel. You don't see that often. A good reason to watch this episode.

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