The Rockford Files: Season 4, Episode 16

The Paper Palace (20 Jan. 1978)

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A prostitute hires Jim to find out who has been sending her death threats.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
James Luisi ...
Sid Loft
Pat Finley ...
Burton Woodruff
Eleanor Loft
René Assa ...
Jeannot Tunier (as Rena Assa)
Shirley O'Hara ...
Maggie Gillson
James Jeter ...
Officer McRainey
R. Norwood Smith ...
Henry Helpern (as Norwood Smith)
Gene Scherer ...
Rudy Ganse
Jack Garner ...
Alfred Guello / Restaurant Manager


A prostitute hires Jim to find out who has been sending her death threats.

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20 January 1978 (USA)  »

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Who wants to kill this working girl?
3 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Rita Moreno made the first of three appearances on a Rockford Files story, plus a TV film in the 90s. Rita's an experienced working girl and meetings with crazy people is part of the game. But she can't figure out why someone is trying to kill her. A pair of French hit men have made a try for her and she doesn't recall crossing any paths with French johns.

After one attempt where James Garner is given a nice concussion it's decided that she move in with an older widow woman friend Shirley O'Hara. Then O'Hara gets killed and now the cops which include Rockford's enemy James Luisi and friend Joe Santos start an investigation centered around Moreno.

But Garner has a different theory and of course as you would expect he's the one that's right. Dennis Becker has made several good busts because of his friend Rockford, but at some point you would think that Lt. Chapman would smarten up given all the times Rockford has shown him up. And in this one he's shown up bad. It's the major weakness of this particular episode.

But Moreno creates a wonderful character and there's a great scene in the end where Bruce Kirby who is one of her regulars injects himself in that homicide case. It's really funny though for a man who wants his relationship with Moreno to be discreet.

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