The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 15

Sleight of Hand (17 Jan. 1975)

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Jim's girlfriend suddenly disappears with no clue as to how or why. Lt. Diel thinks Rockford is probably responsible for her disappearance and orders him to stay away from the case. But Jim can't stop until he finds out what happened.

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Jim's girlfriend suddenly disappears with no clue as to how or why. Lt. Diel thinks Rockford is probably responsible for her disappearance and orders him to stay away from the case. But Jim can't stop until he finds out what happened.

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This episode was based on Howard Browne's novel, Thin Air. It's been the basis for both this episode, as well as a second season episode of Simon and Simon. See more »

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When Rockford is searching through the dresser drawers in the episode of "Sleight of Hand," he shuts the upper drawer and a piece of clothing is sticking out of it. Then he looks in the other drawers. When the camera switches to him walking away from the dresser, the clothing that was showing is now suddenly missing. See more »

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Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Caller: Rockford, this is Mr. Dow. If you think I'm going to pay to have your car repainted, you're nuts! You can take your expense bill and *stuff* it!
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20 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've seen several episodes of the Rockford Files, but in this segment, Noah Beery, Jr. shines as Rockford's dad, who Jim amusingly calls Rocky. Jim's having a tough time coming to grips that the love of his life has been murdered in an unfortunate case of both bad luck and timing. A sympathetic Rocky is trying his best to convince his son that it wasn't his fault that the woman was killed, and is offering fatherly advice, even though Jim is reluctant at first to open up. This is what I enjoyed mostly about this episode, even though I don't share the same enthusiasm as the other reviewers on here on the segment as a whole. There are some unanswered questions which left me wanting more answers, and I think that's what makes this a nice episode rather than a great one. That being said, James Garner does a fine acting performance as well, as he plays it both sympathetic and tough, when the situation calls for it.

Lastly, this is Tom Atkins second appearance as Diel. Another reviewer said in an earlier review that this episode was the first for Atkins, but in fact, it's his second. The first episode he was in was titled "the Countess", which was aired about four months prior to this episode.


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