A washed-up comedian finds out about a Mob family member's secret, and gets Jim in trouble by framing him for a murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Kenny Bell
Jason Evers ...
Jodean Lawrence ...
Maxine Bell (as Jodean Russo)
Gretchen Corbett ...
Gilbert Green ...
Thomas A. Geas ...
Del Hinkley ...
Hank Stohl ...
Joel Lawrence ...


A washed-up comedian finds out about a Mob family member's secret, and gets Jim in trouble by framing him for a murder.

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4 November 1977 (USA)  »

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Gilbert Green (August Silvan) was only eight years older than Jason Evers, who played his son. See more »


When the Mercedes is chasing Jim and the comedian there are two people in the car. There is clearly an empty back seat in several shots. Then after Jimmy pulls over to the police stop a third mobster climbs out of the back seat to make a call, then goes back to the car and shoots the front seat passenger. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Sue Ellen: [Beeep] Mr. Rockford? Sue Ellen. Our class is having that crazy scavenger hunt I told you about. If you're wondering what happened to your trailer door, it's gonna win me first prize!
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The Funny Box
21 November 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Chuck McCann dominates the proceedings in this Rockford Files episode playing a has been comedian trying to make it as a solo act. Funny thing is that his former partner Robert Quarry is trying the exact same thing and not having all that much success either. These two maybe should have stayed together, but Quarry can't stand McCann and as we learn in the episode he's got good reason.

From McCann's point of view the show is essentially about his vanity. Quarry steals his funny box which is his catalog of jokes and material which every comedian has. Some of the funniest people around are not ready wits like Groucho Marx so they keep their material stored and safe presumably from all except Milton Berle. And Chuck McCann in this story who's as big a thief as Berle and not so lovable.

James Garner is hired to pay a ransom and get the funny box back. But Quarry turns up dead and it seems that McCann and now Garner have stumbled on a Mafia family secret.

Among other people that McCann rubs the wrong way is Noah Beery, Jr. who starts out a fan and then sees there's a lot less to McCann than meets the eye. But in the end Garner has a perfect way of dealing with him that you have to see to appreciate.

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