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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Garth McGregor
Al Steever
Philip Sterling ...
County Supervisor Tom Nardoni
B.J. Anderson
John Van Dreelen ...
Joe Tooley
Russell Thorson ...
Arthur Kenner
Hank Brandt ...
Mr. Davis
Irene Tedrow ...
Mrs. Tooley


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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24 February 1978 (USA)  »

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In this episode it is established that Richie Brockleman is 22. See more »


When Rockford's car is shot with the shotgun on the highway, it has a clear hole in the passenger's door. a minute later after Richie and Rockford drive up and over the big hill next to the highway and over to the entrance ramp, the car speeds the wrong way down the entrance ramp and you can clearly see there is no hole in the passenger's door. Also, as the yellow sedan chasing them drives off the road and begins to go up the grass hill in pursuit, the camera switches to the inside of the yellow car and it's a shot of them driving on the highway not the grass. But the yellow car had been off road climbing the hill in the previous shot. See more »


Richie Brockelman: [Jim and Richie are sitting in Richie's car - Richie bemoaning how now that Tooley's either dead or missing, he has no one older to discuss cases with, bounce ideas off of, and, perhaps get advice] I just think sometimes it's good to sit down and talk things out, like you and I have been doing.
Jim Rockford: [Jim shifts uncomfortably in his seat] Yeah, well, I, uh... run some of this stuff by Rocky. He has his own ideas on most of it.
Richie Brockelman: Yeah? Like what?
Jim Rockford: Oh, you know
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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 »


References The Rockford Files: Gearjammers, Part 1 (1975) See more »

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A(nother) great Rockford, whose very irksome 'Brockleman' is its only down-point
27 August 2015 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

The House On Willis Avenue I think is not only a good episode, but, considering when it was made, it foresaw by approximately 30+ years the kind of invasive practices which our modern lives are constantly under, a very important episode.

The only negative thing I can say, is the appearance of 'Richie Brockleman.' This episode's believed by many, to be a back-door introduction of the character 'Richie Brockleman,' and whenever Mr. Dugan (who plays - annoyingly - Brockleman), is on-camera, where he acts like nails-on-a-blackboard, my concentration is shot. I'm stuck between being highly bothered by his incessant babbling, about utterly unrelated topics, as well as his 'gee- whiz, golly-willickers' put-on naievté, that I can't focus on those nuggets which might be revealed in amongst his bleating. Brockleman gets irritating very fast, and as this episode is twice the length of a standard episode, this means, it gets hard to watch - just due to him - very early on.

Which makes watching an episode which, as I said, has a really interesting, topical plot - years ahead of its time, all the more infuriating.

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