Rockford's D.O.B. is 7/14/1929 according to a close up of his Driver's License, which makes him a year younger than James Garner. See more »
[Referring to an unsolicited tip just received]
It hasn't occurred to you this is a trap?
A trap? C'mon Jim, I doubt that.
I can't explain why you're still walkin' around. It's not gonna last long. You're naive, Lance, you really are! Ya hafta be cynical, you have to question things. You can't take someone named "Belle LaBelle" on face value! What's her angle, huh? Who's payroll is she on? You find out the answers to those things and then you start moving fast and crooked. You go ...
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Again The Rockford Files creates an indelible character for one of their episodes that they bring back again. Tom Selleck plays the immaculately dressed and named Lance White, engaged to the daughter of an industrial captain, would be private detective, and the kind of fellow not seen except in literature where people like Frank Merriwell predominate.
Whatever Selleck has it should be bottled because he's got the charm to put it over on everyone. Best in this episode is James Luisi who is constantly on Joe Santos's case for doing Rockford favors. But Lieutenant Chapman can't do enough for Lance White.
It gets serious though when Karen Austin who is Selleck's fiancé is kidnapped and the kidnappers have a most unusual request. I can't say but it really does involve a question of national security.
When Tom Selleck both got his own TV series and got creative control of it I don't think it was an accident that Thomas Magnum bore more than a slight resemblance to Jim Rockford.
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