The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Accidently witnessing a murder makes Angel Martin the police's prime witness in the trial of the murderer.


Russ Mayberry


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Gerald McRaney ... D.A. John Pleasance
Frank DeKova ... Nova (as Frank De Kova)
Vincent Baggetta Vincent Baggetta ... Murray Riddel
James Luisi ... Lt. Doug Chapman
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Madison Arnold Madison Arnold ... Del Kane
Eugene Peterson Eugene Peterson ... Louis Gaedel (as Eugene I. Peterson)
Barry Atwater ... Roach
Barbra Rae ... Teddy
Fred Carney Fred Carney ... Howe
Stephen Coit ... Thompson Welles
James Whitworth ... Krauss


Accidently witnessing a murder makes Angel Martin the police's prime witness in the trial of the murderer.

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Release Date:

2 December 1977 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)| Color

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A black and white background is seen through Gaedel's window. See more »


When Rocky brings some food to the room that Jim and Angel are staying, it's clear that the interior is a studio set. When Jim grabs Rocky by the arm to pull him into the room, the large decorative plate around the door handle as seen from the exterior is not seen when the scene cuts to the interior when Jim closes the door. See more »


Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: [Angel's milking his witness-situation for as much as he can. One thing he's got cooking; his autobiography - ghost-written, of course] There's some big bucks in this, Jimmy, big bucks. I'ma see to it my publisher gets ya a little. Call it, uh, 'research'.
Jim Rockford: [Incredulously] Your 'publisher'?
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: [Angel chuckles a self-knowing laugh. He turns to the portable typewriter, and with his free hand - the other holding his champagne, 'natch - he pulls a page out of it, and hands it to Jim] I wrote a book about ...
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References Witness for the Prosecution (1957) See more »

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Hit-man who loves his job
17 May 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Featuring an appearance of Madison Arnold as a syndicate hit-man who really loves his work, this Rockford Files episode begins once again with Stuart Margolin banging on James Garner's trailer door in the middle of the night.

For once Angel really didn't do anything other than witness Arnold murder a hooker. He's like that, Arnold will occasionally throw in a freebie and that makes him quite the syndicate loose cannon. As for Margolin that doesn't stop him from trying to exploit the situation, he's got himself a ghostwriter and a publisher to sell his story.

But when the fix is put in and the case dismissed, both Rockford and Angel are in the crapper. Arnold presents a problem to the guys who hired him as well, Frank DeKova and Vincent Baggetta, he's bringing down to much heat.

In a rather intricate way it all gets resolved in the end. And of course Angel's schemes are blown sky high. But as sure as death and taxes you know Angel will have another scheme in the next episode Stuart Margolin makes an appearance.

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