The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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A Portrait of Elizabeth 

A client of Beth's hires Jim misleadingly to check on his company.


Meta Rosenberg


Roy Huggins (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
John Saxon ... Dave Delaroux
Wayne Tippit ... Agent Dan Shore
Tom Atkins ... Alex Diel
Cynthia Sikes ... Susan Valero
Katherine Woodville ... Karen Silver (as Kate Woodville)
Robert Riesel ... Mickey Silver
Ned Wilson Ned Wilson ... Arnold Adams
Gretchen Corbett ... Beth Davenport
Joe E. Tata Joe E. Tata ... Solly Marshall
James Murtaugh ... Tom Hanson
Angus Duncan ... Morey Dayton
Michael Thoma ... Maitre D'


A client of Beth's hires Jim misleadingly to check on his company.

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When Beth and Jim arrive at her parking spot, next to it's one marked 'Rosenberg', a reference to series' executive producer/writer, Meta Rosenberg. See more »


At the end Jim discovers Dave Delaroux painted Beth's portrait over what Jim calls a "Federal Bearer Bond." A close up of the bond shows Dave Delaroux's name typed on it. Bearer bonds are called by that name because they are not issued to a particular person; whoever happens to possesses the bond (i.e., the bearer), is the legal owner of it, regardless of who the original owner was. They would never have the owner's name typed on it as that would make it a regular bond. Several years after this show bearer bonds were made illegal in the US for the very reason used in this story: it made for an easy way to launder money and smuggle it outside of the country. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Harry: Jim, it's Harry. We've been waiting on you two hours. The forks! Where's the forks? Lasagna ain't no finger food!
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A warm portrait of Jim and Beth
9 January 2019 | by hmoikaSee all my reviews

I watched this show when it first aired, but only sporadically. I wasn't a big fan of this show at that time. Oh, it was enjoyable enough, to help pass the time; but I preferred shows like Mannix and Hawaii Five-O......more "heavy-hitting," I guess.

But recently I bought the complete DVD collection of this show, and have to admit that I am thoroughly enjoying it. I'm still only on season 2, and watched this episode last night. If I'm not mistaken, it's the first episode from the series that I've give 10 stars.

For me, the most important part of this show is having James Garner's Rockford being such a deep-down kind human being. Even when he's talking nasty to some overblown pain in the rear, he usually does so with a twist of kindness; as if he'd much rather be laughing warmly over a beer rather than having to set someone straight.

This episode shows that side of him so very well. And this must be Gretchen Corbett's best episode. I loved the both of them so much in this story.

Guess I've become even more of an old softy in my old age........but I am now a big fan of The Rockford Files......and especially of "A Portrait of Elizabeth"

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23 January 1976 (USA) See more »

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