The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Chicken Little Is a Little Chicken 

Angel asks Jim to help him collect some money from someone who supposedly welshed on a deal. Not surprisingly he hasn't told Jim the whole truth, which includes two very angry hoods who want money Angel owes them.

Director:

Lawrence Doheny

Writers:

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

Episode complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Ray Danton ... Chester Sierra
Frank Campanella ... Marty Frishette
Angelo Gnazzo Angelo Gnazzo ... Tom Little
Sandy Ward ... The Sheriff
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Storyline

Angel asks Jim to help him collect some money from someone who supposedly welshed on a deal. Not surprisingly he hasn't told Jim the whole truth, which includes two very angry hoods who want money Angel owes them.

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Trivia

When Jim goes to Marty Frischette (Frank Campanella)'s house, Marty's watching a horse race... prerecorded on a Betamax, which had been publicly introduced shortly before this episode's airing. See more »

Goofs

At about 10 minutes into this episode, we see Jim arrive back at his trailer with the two hoods and when Angel sees them he screams, "No, Jimmy!" and runs to jump in Rocky's truck to get away. And just as he is leaping into the truck, we can see his wallet fall to the ground. Of course, it was Stuart Margolin's wallet falling unbeknownst to him, as it has nothing to do with the plot of the story. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jim Rockford: [telephone answering machine] This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Beth Davenport: Jim, it's Beth. You have the vet's number, the flea collar, and extra litter. One thing I forgot. Keep him away from other cats. He's not very discriminating.
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The Rockford Files
(Main Title Theme)
Written by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter
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slightly unrealistic
2 July 2014 | by stones78See all my reviews

While I would say this is a typical solid episode in the stable, I have to point out that when an entire show deals mainly with Jim running a con, those type of stories aren't my favorites. I feel that most of the scams wouldn't happen that way in real life, and they come together much too conveniently, considering that there's some powerful hoods on the receiving end; one of those hoods was played by a tough, familiar face in Frank Campanella, and of course, falls too easily into Rockford's trap. I don't think powerful crooks are that stupid. I am glad that Rockford got caught in his own trap actually, and had to spend a night in jail. The other moment I wasn't crazy about is moments after another powerful hood orders Rockford and Angel to be shot and killed, Rockford only has his arms folded like he's saying "whatever", while Angel's visibly upset. I know you're tough, Jim, but in real life I'm thinking you just wet your trousers. This is surprising that such a talented team of writers let this slide. Some good moments involve great chemistry between Rockford and Angel, a few scenes with Rocky's truck, Jim babysitting Beth's cat, and a hot dog stand near Jim's trailer.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1975 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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