When the son of an old friend goes missing, Jim goes to the young man's college to try and find out what happened.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Leslie Callahan
University Police Chief Max Kilmore
Joyce Easton ...
Valerie Douglas
Daniel Ades ...
Machmoud (as Danny Ades)
Maurice Sherbanee ...
Barney McFadden ...
Bert Hannan
Bill Thornbury ...
Paul Lowe Douglas
Thomas Tate
Ric Carrott ...
Pledge Miller Claussen
Jake Sand
Cal Morris
Judy (as Kathie Richards)


When the son of an old friend goes missing, Jim goes to the young man's college to try and find out what happened.

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17 February 1978 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The character played by Frances Lee McCain (Leslie Callahan) is referenced in dialogue as "almost twice as old as" and "almost 15 years older than" the character played by Bill Thornbury (Paul Lowe Douglas), who is said to be 21 in dialogue. However, McCain (born 1944) was only 8 years older than Thornbury (born 1952). McCain was playing older than her age, while Thornbury was playing younger than his age. See more »


When Police Chief Max Kilmore begs for mercy from the two Middle Eastern agents, they tell him they won't harm him but will request extradition "according to the United Nations charter." Extradition procedures between countries are bound by special international treaties, not by the U.N. Charter. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Pizzeria Employee: [Beeep] That number four you just picked up from Angelo's Pizzeria? Some scouring powder fell on there; don't eat it! Hey, I hope you try your phone machine before dinner...
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References The Felony Squad (1966) See more »

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"One hellacious story"
9 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Some cases Jim Rockford does for $200.00 a day plus expenses. But there are some that he gets dragged into one way or another. This particular episode has James Garner dragged in when the son of an old friend comes to his empty trailer looking for help and a neighbor witnesses a kidnapping.

Bill Thornbury who was the student does leave his automobile there which gives Garner a starting edge. Thornbury was a journalism student and on to what Garner describes as 'one hellacious story' without even knowing all the facts. Frances Lee McCain who was his faculty adviser and a bit more continues on albeit with a little push from Garner.

The villain of the piece is campus security chief Kenneth Tobey who's a scary dude. But there are a couple of guys with Middle Eastern accents who scare Tobey a lot more than Tobey scares Garner with a clumsy attempt at a frame up for a rape charge.

Young Mr. Thornbury who did turn up dead on a beach was indeed on to one hellacious story. What it was you have to see this well done Rockford Files episode for.

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