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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Episode complete credited cast:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Dennis Becker (credit only)
Richard B. Shull ...
Fast Harry DeNova
Walter Hart
Sheriff Mitchell
Mary Ann Chinn ...
Billie Carlton
Paul Tanner
Ray Girardin ...
Murray Johnson
Bartine Burkett ...
Mildred Jensen (as Bartine Zane)


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 helicopter used in the final chase scene is a Bell 206B JetRanger II, FAA Registration number N20DB. It was built in 1973 and owned by Rotorcraft Technologies at the time. It had been used by various Movie and TV productions on camera and as a camera platform. Used twice in The Rockford Files, it was also employed in The Towering Inferno, Midway, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, Riding with Death, and The Bionic Woman. On October 30, 1984, while on the way from Banning to Santa Ana, California, at almost midnight, it was involved in a fatal accident about 11 miles east of Norton Air Force Base. Two of the three passengers were killed when the helicopter struck a series of cables in reduced visibility due to foggy conditions. See more »


During the final car chase, screeching tires can be heard as the cars were turning but the ground was all desert floor. See more »


Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford: [the Sheriff hands over their personal items. Rocky realizes Harry had stolen his ring] My lodge ring. I want to file a complaint!
Fast Harry DeNova: Now Rocky, don't do nothing rash. You're going to feel pretty bad when I tell you that ring belonged to my own sainted father. It was the one thing he left me when he passed on.
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford: I supposed his initials were "J.R.", huh?
Fast Harry DeNova: That's right, I told you you'd feel...
Jim Rockford: [Rockford hurriedly pushes them toward the door] Come on, now...
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford: [Resisting] Give me that ring, I want to file a...
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A sheriff, but no bank?
21 November 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – 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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