The Rockford Files: Season 4, Episode 21

The House on Willis Avenue (24 Feb. 1978)

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When a fellow P.I. is killed on the Ventura freeway, Jim and Richie Brockelman team up to find out if it really was an accident.

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Garth McGregor
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Al Steever
Philip Sterling ...
County Supervisor Tom Nardoni
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B.J. Anderson
John Van Dreelen ...
Gunderson
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Joe Tooley
Russell Thorson ...
Arthur Kenner
Hank Brandt ...
Mr. Davis
Irene Tedrow ...
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When a fellow P.I. is killed on the Ventura freeway, Jim and Richie Brockelman team up to find out if it really was an accident.

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Rocky tows Jim's trailer to the mountains in this episode where they go fishing. Other than the early first season episodes where the trailer is parked on Ocean Blvd, this is the only time it ever leaves 29 Cove Road. It is implied (scene after the actual trailer move is completed) that Rocky tows Jim's 50 foot trailer using his 1977 or 1978 GMC Sierra Classic 4x4, which would not be possible, practical, or safe, as the 50 ft trailer would weight much more than the max towing capacity of about (depending on engine size and options) 8,000 pounds. See more »

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MacGreggor's operative Baker reported to him that Rockford's trailer had been moved by a semi, but for some reason Rocky's pickup is hooked up to it at their hideout. 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.
Operator: Good morning! This is the telephone company. Due to repairs we're giving you advanced notice that your service will be cut off indefinitely at ten o'clock. That's two minute from now...
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Disclaimer before end credits: "Secret information centers, building dossiers on individuals exist today. You have no legal right to know about them, prevent them, or sue for damages. Our liberty may well be the price we pay for permitting this to continue unchecked. Member, U.S. Privacy Protection Commission" See more »

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21 June 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I don't think any television series introduced so many wonderful characters to the viewing public as did The Rockford Files. Even in a brief appearance Paul Fix who mentored James Garner in the private eye business gets himself killed when he gets to deep into something he does not understand, he's got both Jim Rockford and Richie Brockelman to back him up. As Sam Spade said quite eloquently, when your partner is killed you're supposed to do something about it. How much more true for a mentor.

It's quite a caper that Garner and Dennis Dugan jump into. An LA county supervisor is under the thumb of a conglomerate planning to build a giant computer complex for storage of information for nefarious purposes. Jackie Cooper is putting the thing together, but Philip Sterling the supervisor stands in the way until he's blackmailed. Another supervisor Howard Hesseman is fighting a rear guard action.

Pernell Roberts plays Cooper's muscle, but in a really memorable role is Simon Oakland who is yet another private eye trying to muscle in on the action to wherever it leads. He has a memorable confrontation with Garner and Dugan.

This together with the usual Rockford Files regulars makes up for a memorable episode.


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