The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Dark and Bloody Ground 

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

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Elliot Malcolm
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Dennis Becker
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Elizabeth
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Ann Calhoun
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Clyde Russell
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Jim reluctantly agrees to work for Beth Davenport. His job is to help her prove 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 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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A photo of 50s/60s television star Guy Williams _ "Zorro" (1957-1959)_, and _ "Lost in Space" (1965)_, is seen on a book jacket as author 'Steven Gorman'. See more »

Goofs

Beth Davenport tells Jim that the book's copyright can be taken if not renewed by the author in a timely manner under 17 U.S.C. 24. Title 17 of federal law does govern copyrights but there is no chapter 24. The Title has only 13 chapters. See more »

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[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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Enter Beth Davenport
3 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Right from the get go, there is a great chemistry between James Garner as Rockford and the fetching Gretchen Corbett as Beth Davenport. Not quite a pin up babe type, Corbett is a very attractive woman who brings great intelligence and humor to the role. I have had a crush on her since 1974.

This episode features some really terrific writing although probably one or two more chase scenes than it needed. The comedy and banter was enough for me. As one of the very first episodes shot there are also some small differences: Jim calls Dennis by his last name, the trailer is still at the old Ocean Boulevard location, and Jim keeps his gun in the desk rather than the cookie jar.


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