The Rockford Files: Season 4, Episode 9

The Mayor's Committee from Deer Lick Falls (25 Nov. 1977)

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Jim is hired by some small-town businessmen to help them buy a fire engine; they really want him to assassinate someone who could bring the IRS down on them.



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Episode cast overview:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Everet Alton Benson
Richard O'Brien ...
Arthur Kelso
Noah Deitweiler
Lauren Ingeborg
Knute Jacobs
James Luisi ...
Clark Howat ...
Mr. Rankin
Samuel Romney
Fritzi Burr ...
Miss Orneck
Ian Sander ...
David Ruprecht ...
David (as David Rupprecht)


Jim is hired by some small-town businessmen to help them buy a fire engine; they really want him to assassinate someone who could bring the IRS down on them.

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25 November 1977 (USA)  »

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This episode contains several references to the State of Michigan. The four businessmen who hire Rockford are from the fictional town of Deer Lick Falls, Michigan. Richard Sanders plays a character named "Samuel Romney." George Romney (father to 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney) was governor of Michigan in the 1960s. Later, Angel visits the four businessmen in their hotel room, under the ruse that he is from the coroner's office, and he goes by the name "Mr. Milliken." William Milliken was the governor of Michigan immediately after George Romney, and was in office during the airing of this episode. See more »


When Rockford is driving round LA looking for the theatre where Inga is working, the shots show his Firebird as a 1974 model. Later, when the brakes are cut, the car is a 1977 car. They can be told apart by the front grilles which are distinctly different shapes. See more »


Angel: [Rockford is trying to get Angel to impersonate someone else] Why me?
Jim Rockford: Because you like to collect pictures of dead Presidents. Like Ulysses S. Grant.
Angel: Fifty?
Jim Rockford: Uh-huh.
Angel: Listen Jimmy, I've got a poker game set up with the guys in the Linotype room. Like shooting ducks in a barrel.
Jim Rockford: C'mon Angel, those guys are the kind of guys who throw nickels around like man hole covers. It's gonna take half the night just to get ten bucks out of them. Angel, this is 50 bucks for 15 minutes work.
Angel: That would be more ...
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Deer Lick Falls All American Squares
22 November 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

You really would have thought that the town movers and shakers of Deer Lick Falls, Michigan would have put a little more thought in the matter than they did when they approach Jim Rockford about a contract killing. I guess they thought an ex-convict who was a private detective was ripe for the job and would do it no questions asked.

No two ex-convicts are exactly alike though as we've met so many of James Garner's jail-house buddies over the course of the series. But Garner when he reports them to the police, they are a bit leery about going after these city fathers, Deer Lick Falls All American squares.

The squares are Richard O'Brien, Edward Binns, Charles Aidman, and Jerry Hardin and the one they want killed is his niece Priscilla Barnes who is a struggling actress in Los Angeles. It has to do with her unwittingly knowing about a massive tax fraud they're all guilty of.

Not in the business of murder these four are really not doing that good except for the one time they nearly kill Garner and Barnes in a car with a cut brake line. All that does is make them look suspicious.

Stuart Margolin puts in an appearance in this and some Rockford Files episodes are written to show why Rockford keeps Angel around. Occasionally his conman talents are useful and he does for a small fee help in conning these guys to take them down.

As this episode proves, an image of respectability sometimes helps when you're accused of something bad.

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