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 hides Jim's car keys in her blouse]
Jim Rockford: If you think that's going to stop me, you've got a short memory.
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References Duel (1971) See more »

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The debut of Beth Davenport
13 April 2006 | by (South Pasadena, CA) – See all my reviews

Gretchen Corbett, who would play Jim Rockford's attorney, for four seasons, makes her debut in this episode, although she is the one hiring Rockford to work for her instead of vice versa.

Like many of the first season episodes, the story features a very dark and cynical Rockford, who is quite suspicious of whether or not he will ever get paid. Rockford's insolvency is one of the show's recurring themes and probably what set it apart from all other detective shows.

The show was still developing all of its characters and in this episode, Beth Davenport was somewhat naive, Dennis Becker was somewhat hostile, and Rocky was already trying to get his son to switch to truck driving.

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