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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In this episode we learn Rockford likes the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie. He has them recorded on reel to reel tapes. See more »


When the hitmen in the black sedan follow Rockford and Sturtevant, one of the hitmen puts a silencer on a revolver. A silencer works by muzzling the gases released from the detonating propellant, which reduces the amount of noise and visible muzzle flash generated by firing. Silencers are typically constructed of a metal cylinder with internal mechanisms to reduce the sound of firing by slowing the escaping propellant gas, which would be impossible on a revolver, since the propellant gas can escape in any direction from the open revolving cylinder. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Woman: Horas fantásticos. La única oportunidad en su vida del precio Rosario llantas radiales. Call toll free 555-3120.
[Translation: Fantastic hours. The only chance in your life on the price of Rosario radial tires]
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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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