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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Jim Rockford's California Private Investigator License is seen up close in this episode, number 463025, and lists him as "Height: 6' Weight: 195 Age: 37." Interestingly, James Garner's height in real life is 6'2", and at the time this episode was broadcast, he was 46 years old. Since there is no issue date on the license, there is no way of knowing when Jim Rockford was actually age 37. See more »


As Rockford leaves the airport he is followed. In an attempt to lose the tail he pulls into a parking lot. When the tail fails to find him in the lot he tries to leave but Rockford drives toward him and forces him to back up, making him run over driveway spikes and giving him 2-4 flat tires. Moments later the tail drives out of the lot with no damaged tires. 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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