Having Jim doing jury duty leads to a mistrial and his being hired to investigate the case of pedestrian hit by a drunk-driver that brought the accused to court.

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Dennis Becker (credit only)
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George Bassett
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Bonnie Pruitt
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Karen Hathaway
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Norman Wheeler
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Al Corbett
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Martin Horvath
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Pete Johnson
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Having Jim doing jury duty leads to a mistrial and his being hired to investigate the case of pedestrian hit by a drunk-driver that brought the accused to court.

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At beginning George Bassett mentions Luke Easter played for San Diego, but he only played for the Cleveland Indians from 1949 to 1953. Easter was murdered two months after this episode aired. See more »

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When the judge rebukes Rockford (whilst a member of the jury), he addresses Rockford by name. This is contrary to the standard practice of jurors only being addressed by their number, in order to protect their anonymity. See more »

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Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Receptionist: [beeep] Mr. Rockford, Arthur's Hi-Fi. Your stereo's ready, but since your warranty expired in the two months it was in our shop, you'll have to pay the sixty dollars on the repair.
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Oh My Darling, Clementine
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Written by Percy Montrose
Performed by Noah Beery Jr.
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Hanging a jury with reasonable doubts
25 September 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The usual high quality of a Rockford Files episode is spoiled here as the premise of this has juror James Rockford hanging a jury with reasonable doubts. It's a case of drunk driving and the defendant is Mills Watson. A young woman was allegedly run down by Watson, later Watson and his sister hire Rockford to get to the truth.

First thing there's no way that a private eye would get to serve on a criminal journey. My job with NYS Crime Victims Board got me turned down time and again for criminal cases, imagine what District Attorney would pass on James Garner for a criminal case. I imagine even in a civil suit one of the parties would object.

Of course Rockford's PI instincts are correct would you have a story if they weren't. But the bad guys aren't dumb either, it was a pretty fool proof scheme and they delay Rockford with a plant in pretty Margaret Blye. What she does you have to see the story for.

But this is an incredibly flawed premise.


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