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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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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Sharon Spelman, who appears in this episode as George Bassett (Mills Watson's public defender, Karen Hathaway, has appeared before in the series. In the 2-parter, Profit and Loss, her character, Doris Parker, was very similar. In that one, she was a widow, who believes her husband had been murdered by Fiscal Dynamics, whereas in this one, she's a public defender, who believes her client is wrongly accused of murder. In both cases, she urges Rockford to take the case, in spite of many threats to him. See more »

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When Jim visits the office of Horvath and Horvath, he is carrying a briefcase, but when he leaves, he is not carrying the case. 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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