The Rockford Files: Season 3, Episode 9

Return to the 38th Parallel (10 Dec. 1976)

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Jim gets used by an old Army buddy in an insurance recovery case.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Al Brennan
Marcy Brownell
Paul Stevens ...
John Stabila
Norman Burton ...
Markell (as Normann Burton)
Robert Karnes ...
Capt. Hulette
James Congdon ...
Alvin Thomas
Jeff David ...
Funeral Director Martin
Michael Ebert ...
Lee Nejman
Lt. Hayes
Bart Burns ...
Fire Chief
Charles Winters ...
Kevin Lindsay (as Chuck Winters)
Tom Stewart ...


Jim gets used by an old Army buddy in an insurance recovery case.

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Per the title, the 38th parallel north was used as the pre-Korean War boundary between North Korea and South Korea. See more »


On "2 Into 5.56 Won't Go" Col. Hopkins went through Rockford's file from Korea and learned that once Rockford had become a sergeant, his rank bounced between sergeant and PFC. But in this episode Brennan implied that Rockford had only achieved the rank of Corporal. See more »


Jim Rockford: Al, Al, be a good soldier: don't die, just fade away.
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23 December 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Jim Rockford seems to have formed lasting associations in two places where men are thrown together not at their own volition, the Korean War and prison. In this episode his old sergeant Ned Beatty shows up and asking for help.

Only he's not being quite truthful. He wants use of the Rockford PI license to allow him to hunt. To James Garner he's looking for a missing person, Veronica Hamel's sister to be precise. But what it's really all about is a missing Chinese Ming vase appraised at 3 million dollars which Beatty traced to the Pacific coast.

Where Beatty is a nobody and he needs the Rockford contacts and connections. In fact there are all kinds of players in this game looking for the finders fee of 300 grand the insurance company is offering.

James Garner in this series had a knack for attracting all kinds of interesting and sleazy people. Beatty in a fine performance fits beautifully into the sleaze category.

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