The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Great Blue Lake Land and Development Company 

When his car breaks down in a small town Jim leaves $10,000 in a land company's safe. The next morning the money - and the man who locked the money up - are gone. When the man turns up dead the sheriff thinks Rockford did it.

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Dennis Becker (credit only)
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Walter Hart
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Mildred Jensen (as Bartine Zane)
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When his car breaks down in a small town Jim leaves $10,000 in a land company's safe. The next morning the money - and the man who locked the money up - are gone. When the man turns up dead the sheriff thinks Rockford did it.

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17 October 1975 (USA)  »

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The answering machine of director Lawrence Doheny calls Rockford's answering machine in the opening titles. Doheny is referred to as "Larry Doheny". See more »

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The bail bond money Jim was transporting was ten $1,000 bills. Denominations over $100 were no longer issued after 1969 and were not often found in circulation by 1974. 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.
Caller: Hello Jim Rockford's machine, this is Larry Doheny's machine. Will you please have your master call my master at his convenience. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
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A sheriff, but no bank?
21 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

This episode had me reaching a bit. I can't figure out that a town which wasn't big enough to have a bank could afford to have a sheriff. That certainly does not compute. But the lack of a bank is the crux of this whole story.

James Garner is driving back to Los Angeles with $10,000.00 dollars in ten Grover Cleveland notes which he has noted the serial numbers. It's bail money for a client who apparently doesn't believe in wire transfers. He wants the money secure so he asks for a bank in town. No bank, but there's the The Great Blue Lakes Land&Development Corporation and they have a safe there. Going there Garner meets up with Ray Girardin who is a salesman there and agrees to take the money and gives Garner a receipt on company letterhead.

Next day Girardin gone and no one believes him, not Dennis Patrick the head of the company, not sheriff Dana Elcar. Of course there's something wrong, more wrong than Garner realizes when Girardin turns up dead.

To set things right Garner calls on his father Noah Beery, Jr. and another old prison friend, conman Richard Shull who works at a used car lot, but is always looking for a big score. This was obviously written with Stuart Margolin in mind, but Margolin probably wasn't available for the episode. Shull's character wasn't that well defined and we never see him again.

One of the lesser Rockford Files episodes.


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