The Rockford Files: Season 4, Episode 15

The Gang at Don's Drive-In (13 Jan. 1978)

TV Episode  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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An author suffering from writers block tells Jim he thinks he has the next best seller in an old murder case from 1961.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Jack Skowran
Jean Winslow / Rosenthal
Stan Collier
Lawrence P. Casey ...
Robert Atcheson (as Lawrence Casey)
Bill Fletcher ...
Richard Bakalyan ...
Porter (as Dick Bakalyan)
Elaine Princi ...
Jo Ann
Mrs. Fornechefsky
Dr. Kozoll
Paul Pepper ...
Don Brakeman Jr.
Fred Stassi
Fredd Wayne ...
Curtis Meyer


An author suffering from writers block tells Jim he thinks he has the next best seller in an old murder case from 1961.

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13 January 1978 (USA)  »

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This episode is the only episode of the entire 6-season run of The Rockford Files which is NOT listed on Netflix (2015). No reason for it's omission is given anywhere. See more »


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Anonymous Caller: [Beeep] Jim, I finally finished twelve long years of psycho-therapy and I'm now able to tell you just what I think of you... would you please call me...
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1 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Right off the bat, I very much disagree with the other reviewer for this episode, as I do believe the chemistry between James Garner and Anthony Zerbe was solid for the most part, and they genuinely seemed to enjoy each other's company. I've only seen Zerbe a few other times, but I felt that he played both a straight and a drunk very well here, and the man can definitely act. Even though I was impressed with Zerbe's work, I would hesitate to call this episode one of my favorites, as there isn't much action or memorable scenes, but the story is still well written as usual; the story revolves around Jack(Zerbe)writing a book about an old murder case of a young woman, who was first believed to have died from a burst appendix, but was in fact, murdered by a rich snob. Look for familiar faces in Mills Watson and Arlene Golonka as those who were part of the conspiracy to keep the girl's murder a secret. Rocky and Dennis make appearances, and the former gets to throw a punch to a hood in the trailer, although he busted his hand pretty good. There were some nice shots of the Firebird, and a very shot of a boat marina also. The ending was underwhelming, but I did like the writing and I especially like the performance of Zerbe, who brought a different type of character to this great series.

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