The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 2

The Dark and Bloody Ground (20 Sep. 1974)

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Jim reluctantly agrees to work for Beth Davenport. His job is to help her prove that her client, Ann Calhoun, is innocent of the crime she is accused of...murdering her husband Kevin ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Gretchen Corbett ...
Linden Chiles ...
Elliot Malcolm
Nancy Malone ...
Patricia Smith ...
Ann Calhoun
Walter Brooke ...
Clyde Russell
Officer Hensley
Luis Delgado ...
Police Officer
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Steven Gorman (archive footage)


Jim reluctantly agrees to work for Beth Davenport. His job is to help her prove that her client, Ann Calhoun, is innocent of the crime she is accused of...murdering her husband Kevin Calhoun. Jim's investigation takes him to the town of Parker, Arizona where the Calhouns are from. He digs up info someone doesn't want found out and he is almost killed trying to return to L.A. Socialites Clyde Russell and Elizabeth Gorman, who were throwing a party the Calhouns attended, are also investigated. Jim's investigation is making someone nervous as another attempt is made on his life. Written by tomtrekp

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First appearance in the series for Beth Davenport, portrayed by Gretchen Corbett. See more »


Beth Davenport: Don't you even care if she
[her client]
Beth Davenport: is innocent?
Jim Rockford: Beth, I spent five-years in prison. While I was there I never met anybody who wasn't "innocent."
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References The Birth of a Nation (1915) See more »

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Pro Bono work for a Pro Bono client
6 April 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I've always thought of Beth Davenport as a great feminist role model. Pretty, smart, and accomplished, Gretchen Corbett finally makes partner in her law firm in her last appearance in The Rockford Files.

So Corbett enters and we already know she's Jim Rockford's attorney and God knows he needs one with all the scrapes he gets into and the police looking to nail him for something.

Corbett kind of, sort of cons James Garner to working for her pro bono client Patricia Smith who is accused of killing her husband by setting a fire that did him in. They're newly arrived in town and get to crash a very swank party given by Walter Brooke and Nancy Malone and arranged by Linden Chiles.

No sooner does Rockford start looking into the background of the deceased than two attempts are made to kill him and the second almost killing Beth Davenport. The deceased apparently did not exist before he married Smith. The deceased is also described as an itinerant poet and drifter.

But he was far more than that. Just his mere existence threatens the well ordered world of the three above people.

It's quite a hold he has on them as it turns out. It's also quite a con Beth Davenport pulls on Jim Rockford. Worthy of an Ange.

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