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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Fast Harry DeNova
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Walter Hart
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Sheriff Mitchell
Mary Ann Chinn ...
Billie Carlton
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Paul Tanner (as Bob Hastings)
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B.J.
Ray Girardin ...
Murray Johnson
Bartine Burkett ...
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 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 »

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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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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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Rockford and Fast Harry
20 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The most notable aspect for me regarding this solid episode was several familiar character actors that you should recognize easily, and the fact that the entire episode took place in a desert town. The actors include Dennis Patrick, Dana Elcar, Noble Willingham, Bob Hastings, and Richard B. Schull, who plays slimy "Fast Harry", who Rockford needs to help him get out of a jam, as Rockford's stuck in this town after needing his car fixed. As he prepares to spend the night in town while his car gets fixed, he gives an employee of Walter Hart's(Patrick)named Murray $10,000 to secure in a safe; the money was for someone's bail, but I forget who, and the man tried to steal the money. What happens next has Hart eventually getting the cash back to Rockford, as he explains that his employee was down on his luck, and begged Jim not to tell the authorities, or his development corporation could be in big trouble, although Jim says he'll think about it. I guess Hart wasn't convinced, and he has Rockford framed for Murray's(employee)murder which Hart committed, and sheriff Mitchell(Elcar)has Jim arrested, and thrown in jail. Elcar is very good here, although he acted unrealistically when he thinks Rockford escaped the prison, as Rockford's hiding under the bed, but Mitchell never looks there, as Rockford also steals the sheriff's patrol car. That's the only lame moment in an otherwise solid episode, which also includes several cool scenes with Rocky, and some nice shots of the Firebird. I usually recommend episodes starting in 1976, but this 1975 entry is as solid as many later ones. Back to the conclusion, Hart and Rockford arrange a meeting where Jim gets his cash, and Hart gets incriminating documents the murdered man had against him, although Hart has Rockford held at gunpoint and plans on having him killed too. It turns out that the clever Rockford had this meeting recorded and has Hart and Paul(Hastings)arrested. I'm not normally a fan when the show goes on location, but there were many quirky characters adding an element, and I enjoyed the different premise instead of the usual routine.


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