The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Beamer's Last Case 

Rockford returns from vacation in Puerto Rico to discover someone has been using his identity, his trailer and totaled his Firebird. And that's just the beginning of his problems...



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Episode cast overview:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Dennis Becker
James Whitmore Jr. ...
Fred Beamer
Ralph Steel
Monica Steel
Manny Arturis
Cal Bellini ...
Howard George ...
Phil 'Golf Bag' Moreno
Phil Hoover ...
Dallas Walker
John Davey ...
Delivery Man
Paula Victor ...
Arthur Eisner ...
Floyd Arturo
Raymond O'Keefe ...
Carlene Watkins ...
Girl on Bus


Rockford returns from vacation in Puerto Rico to discover someone has been using his identity, his trailer and totaled his Firebird. And that's just the beginning of his problems...

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16 September 1977 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


First time we see Jim's cat named "Valentino", who's mentioned in The Dog and Pony Show. See more »


Rockford told Beamer he had a full set of teeth, but on "The Kirkoff Case" we saw him pick a tooth up off the ground after getting beat on. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: [Beeep: The voice is barely audible because of loud traffic noise] Jimmy, this is Angel. Listen, I've got this new pad right over by the Hollywood freeway and some friends are coming
[the sound of a large truck roars past]
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: BORROW YOUR RECORD PLAYER...?
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Rockford Valentino
27 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

If you don't understand my summary title, don't feel bad because I doubt many will, but this is the only episode I can recall where we meet Rockford's cat, named Valentino. He's first seen under the trailer, then when Rockford impersonator Fred Beamer(James Whitmore, Jr.) opens the trailer door to let a client in, Valentino runs inside. We also get to see Rockford pick up the cat soon after. Beamer was solid, but even better in another episode during the final season, which also starred Tom Selleck as a rival investigator. While Rockford is on vacation, auto mechanic Beamer basically decides to become Rockford as he takes over his identity; during this time while Jim is gone, he crashes the Firebird, charges these expensive gadgets to Jim's credit card, and gets Jim involved in a domestic dispute, and finally a mob case, where we meet an angry Manny Arturis, played convincingly by Robert Loggia. I don't recall all the particulars, but this was an enjoyable episode, and any Rockford Files episode is enhanced with the additions of Dennis and Rocky, who both have good screen time. Rockford, Dennis, and Beamer eventually get the bad guys caught, with Jim doing the ground work as usual. This strong episode started out the fourth season and had all the elements any fan should enjoy. I would easily recommend this episode, and let me add Jim's car, Rocky's truck, nice weather, Valentino the cat, and a slick scene inside Jim's favorite bar make this episode very entertaining.

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