The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Attractive Nuisance 

An unexplained break-in at Rocky's new diner has connections with the FBI fifty years ago.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Dennis Becker
Vince Whitehead
Gretchen Corbett ...
Beth Davenport
Dick Balduzzi ...
Don Silver
Hunter von Leer ...
Skip Spence
Rudy Bond ...
John Morgan Evans ...
Jess Nadelman ...
Bruce Weinstock
Jeannie Fitzsimmons ...
Joy Silver
Paul Sorensen ...
Inspector Claybourn
Jerome Guardino ...


An unexplained break-in at Rocky's new diner has connections with the FBI fifty years ago.

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6 January 1978 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title for this episode - unlike most of the others, which are usually a play on something well-known (books, movies, etc.) is based upon 'legalese'. As Beth Davenport explains to Jim, his having a telescope on the top of his trailer (with an unsafe ladder to it), and without any safety precautions, made it serve as a 'lure' to which the victim - further enticed by the ladder, made it irrisestible bait; an 'attractive nuissance'. See more »


LaSalle keeps a framed copy of a commendation letter from J. Edgar Hoover, dated February 12, 1931 and on Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) letterhead. However, in 1931 the organization was simply known as the Bureau of Investigation. It would go through several name changes before being finally renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1935. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and address, I'll get back to you.
Aunt Bea: [with a real Oklahoma twang] Jimmy Scott? This is Aunt Bea from Tulsa. Cousin Randy just graduated high school and wants to be a movie producer. Now you live out in Hollywood, you just do something!
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Great episode
17 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Sorry, but this isn't so much a review - but a reply to stones78.

I really enjoyed your review. And having seen some of these episodes first run - I just wanted to make this comment: the old detective living on dog food is a reference to many, many stories throughout the 70's about elderly people on Soc. Sec. having to live on dog food to make ends meet, as it was cheap. They make a mention of the detective not being left with much. It also is why dog and cat food are mandated to be "human-grade".

I mention this, as one of the things that I love about these old shows is, they aren't just entertaining, they can also be a real time-capsule of the social and economic issues of the time.

Anyway - you provided a great review and you were completely correct about the ending, with the "old-geezers" partaking their knowledge on the young guys - it really made the episode.

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