The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 6

This Case Is Closed (18 Oct. 1974)

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Jim travels to Newark, and draws the attention of organized crime and the FBI. The FBI is protecting Jim's target because he is a former federal witness. The target is found dead, and Jim's client has some explaining to do.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Warner Jameson
Susan Jameson
Fred Sadoff ...
Howard Kasanjian
Joseph Della Sorte ...
Torrance Beck
Hollis Cotton
Eddie Fontaine ...
Lt. Larry Pierson
Del Monroe ...
Jude Farese ...
Bartender (as Stu Nisbet)
Geoffrey Land ...


Jim travels to Newark, and draws the attention of organized crime and the FBI. The FBI is protecting Jim's target because he is a former federal witness. The target is found dead, and Jim's client has some explaining to do.

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The Rockford Files was renowned for attracting and for casting some of the best (and more expensive) guest stars throughout its run. This episode is no exception, with Joseph Cotten and Sharon Gless, however, the producers got off somewhat easily with the casting of Gless, which cost the show very little in comparison to most well known stars, since Gless was already under contract to Universal, as a "contract player." In 1974, the year this episode was filmed and broadcast, Gless had a newly signed ten year Universal Studios (one of three "The Rockford Files" production companies) contract, and by 1982, she was the last remaining studio "contract player" in American film/television history. See more »


An American flag can be seen in the background of the F.B.I office. (38Min 50sec into part 2), It is oddly colored with dark red in place of the blue field and rust color for the red stripes, possibly a prop flag from the black and white days when odd colors were substituted to make the grey-scale image look more natural. See more »


Jim Rockford: I don't know what's goin' on, but believe me I don't want any trouble.
Torrance Beck: You already got trouble. The only question is whether you're going to wake up tomorrow breathing air or dirt.
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A Different File
23 September 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

This episode is particularly interesting because of the differences between it and most episodes of the series. Right from the top, there is a different camera shot across the desk as the phone machine takes the incoming message. The cards and picture of Rocky are there, but the shot is hand held and wider than the one we usually see. After Jim's trailer is trashed, he asks Rocky to clean it up for him. But in a line written more for Robert Donley's characterization of Rocky in the pilot, Jim then asks: "how much is it gonna cost me?" Noah Berry Jr. immediately answers with all the warmth and love he brought to the role saying "Oh go on, I'm still your father, I ain't gonna charge you!" In one little moment we see how much better this show is with the right man playing Rocky. In other small changes, Rockford's trailer is parked in a different lot than the usual Paradise cove location we're used to seeing and its photographed differently on the outside--the trailer door now faces to the north rather than the south. Okay, maybe these differences aren't all that interesting to you, but they were to me!

The episode itself is rather solid with Joseph Cotton making a wonderful arrogant client for Rockford. It's too bad he did not return to the series. It originally aired as a 90 minute movie. The syndication version cuts it up into two episodes.

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