The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 3

The Countess (27 Sep. 1974)

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A woman meets a man on a lonely stretch of highway while Rockford is filming the exchange from a hillside. Jim is working for the woman. Her name is Deborah Ryder and she is being ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Deborah Ryder
Art Lund ...
Mike Ryder
Carl Brego (as Dick Gautier)
Gretchen Corbett ...
Todd Martin ...
Florence Lake ...
Old Woman
Jean Le Bouvier ...
Woman (as Jean LeBouvier)
Melvin F. Allen ...
Cab Driver (as Mel Allen)


A woman meets a man on a lonely stretch of highway while Rockford is filming the exchange from a hillside. Jim is working for the woman. Her name is Deborah Ryder and she is being blackmailed by Carl Brego. He has information of her sordid past and ties to organized crime that she doesn't want revealed. Jim is confident he can get Brego off her back but things go sour for him when Brego is killed and the police think Jim did it. Written by tomtrekp

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27 September 1974 (USA)  »

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James Cromwell's TV debut. See more »


The POV shown through Rockford's video camera doesn't match his actual location. When he's filming the Countess on the road he is located high up on the side of a hill. But the view shown through his camera lens is at approximately eye level. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone, leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Caller: Hey, Rockford, very funny. I ain't laughin'. You're gonna get yours.
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Rockford has nobility for a client
4 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I agree completely with the other reviewer that it would have been impossible for James Garner to have escaped from a speeding car with a new bullet wound in his arm, nevertheless he did it. If he hadn't this series would have come to a rapid conclusion after three episodes.

The Rockford client for this episode is Susan Strasberg otherwise known as the Countess as she married some minor nobility and inherited a title before marrying Art Lund her present husband. But before her first marriage she ran with a pretty bad crowd involved in organized crime and Dick Gauthier who knew her when is blackmailing her.

Ironically if she had gone to Lund and told the truth and then they both told Gauthier where he could stick his blackmail there also would have been no episode. Instead Strassberg is determined to protect her secret at all costs and she hires yet another old friend in Rockford.

Tom Atkins as Lieutenant Deal makes his bow as the cop who develops a real hard on for Rockford after this. But both Joe Santos as Sergeant Becker and Gretchen Corbett as attorney Beth Davenport have his back. Corbett has a real good scene with Atkins where she tells off this arrogant cop good and proper.

Still it was not one of the best Rockford Files episodes.

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