The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Convinced a convicted murderer is actually innocent, a journalist looking for a scoop hires Jim to investigate a six year old murder.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Dennis Becker
Arnold Newcomb
Sandra Smith ...
Shirley Atwater
Milton Selzer ...
Patrick Elber
Dave Kruger


Convinced a convicted murderer is actually innocent, a journalist looking for a scoop hires Jim to investigate a six year old murder.

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7 November 1975 (USA)  »

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Jim's iconic little printer he oft-uses to print up phony business cards, makes an appearance. This episode gives the best description of where it came from; 'an old client is a printer, and (Jim) told him what (he) needed, and (he designed it for (him).' So, for all those wondering where to get their hands on one, it turns out it's a custom-made machine. See more »


A man flees the scene of a murder at the Atwater house, and when the police arrive Rockford tells them the perpetrator fled in a blue Chevy when it's actually a blue Oldsmobile. See more »


Jim Rockford: [Answering machine steps in] This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave you name and message, I'll get back to you.
Lou: [Beeep] Hey Jimmy! It's Cousin Lou! Goin' ta be in town fer a coupla days. Know ya won't mind puttin' us up. It's just me and Aunt Cissy and B.J. and the kids and little Freddie...
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Too much Joan Van Ark
15 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I know that she was the guest star(Susan Alexander), but she was practically in every single scene, and I prefer Jim working alone most of the time, and that didn't happen often in this episode. She gave a solid performance as a journalist with the funny eyebrows, as she tries to get an innocent man out of jail, and enlists Rockford's help to "ah-em", help get him out. It's not the most intriguing story of this great series, but there was some nice scenery and cool shots of the Firebird, and many scenes with Dennis. I would probably have to say that the best scene was performed by Willam Prince(Arnold Newcomb), who meets with Susan and Jim to discuss the old case of the man in jail; it turns out that he was the man's attorney and after the man was found guilty, Newcomb suffered a stroke and was put in a special care facility. Prince was in fine form as a man whose memory goes in and out, and you have to feel compassion for him, and Rockford was very understanding, and credit goes to James Garner's acting skills. I wouldn't say this was a favorite of mine, but a fan of the show will probably still enjoy it anyway.

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