The Rockford Files: Season 2, Episode 15

The No-Cut Contract (16 Jan. 1976)

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A minor league football player drags Jim into his troubles.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Gretchen Corbett ...
Dick Butkus
Wayne Tippit ...
Agent Shore
Milt Kogan ...
Sharon Cintron ...
Gene Tyburn ...
Barbara Flicker ...
TV Coordinator
J. Jay Saunders ...
Agent Prizer
Mary Angela Shea ...
Lisa (as Mary Angela)


A minor league football player drags Jim into his troubles.

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The marquee on the drive-in theater that Jim (James Garner) and Angel (Stuart Margolin) drive into shows that the movies playing are "Once Is Not Enough" starring Kirk Douglas and "The Gambler starring James Caan. Stuart Margolin has a supporting role in "The Gambler". See more »


Just after Jim's trailer is trashed by the two gunman, Jim decides to drive with Angel to the police department to file a complaint. While driving, he notices a car, with four headlights, following him in the rear view mirror, and he decides attempt to lose them, and makes a sharp turn on to a side street. When the following car turns, it's now a car with just two headlights, and is noticeably smaller. See more »


Larry 'King' Sturtevant: [at police HQ where Rockford is being held on suspicion of murder, thanks to a football player from a minor league whom no one has ever heard of] And then I held him at, ah, gunpoint for ten, fifteen minutes, and then you guys showed up.
[he nods his head at Beth, who is staring at him blankly]
Larry 'King' Sturtevant: Hi.
[he turns back to Becker grinning]
Larry 'King' Sturtevant: Will you take a look at her! She's so starstruck she's speechless!
Police Det. Dennis Becker: [ignores that comment] Is that everything? The whole statement?
Larry 'King' Sturtevant: Yeah, yeah thats it.
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References Once Is Not Enough (1975) See more »

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1 October 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

More often than not Jim Rockford gets dragged into some hair raising situations through no fault of his own. Sometimes he's not even working on a case and gets dragged in. And even though Angel is on the scene in this one, he didn't even have nothing to do with the particular situation in this episode.

Sometimes modest advertising is better because Rob Reiner playing the star quarterback of some minor professional football league, gets himself in some hot water over some tapes he's made involving organized crime. So what does he do, but pick Rockford out of phone book and says this private he's hired has the incriminating tapes. After a pair of leg breakers visit him, James Garner has all he can do to convince the Feds, the local LAPD, and and the mob he's got nothing to do with nothing. In the end he has to involve himself to clear himself.

Reiner is truly a low life, a person with no character at all who's got an ego telling him he's another Jim Kelly or Johnny Unitas. The scene where he's trying to pick up Gretchen Corbett who is in a police station is priceless. She's there representing Garner after he's been arrested for a murder that Reiner clumsily tried to frame him for. Corbett finds Reiner's charm, eminently resistible.

Stuart Margolin as Angel is on the periphery of this episode and for once he's not the cause of Garner's problems. Still at the beginning he's asking Garner with a con about selling a race horse who is the long lost son of Secretariat. Now that looked like a great plot premise for a Rockford Files episode.

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