The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Irving the Explainer 

Rockford gives himself a headache trying to solve the connection between a 30 year old murder, a valuable missing painting and Nazi Germany.


James Coburn


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)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Barbara Babcock ... Karen Hall / Kathryn Cooper
Paul Stewart ... Julius 'Buddy' Richards
Maurice Marsac ... Chief Inspector Jean-Marc Giono
Irene Tsu ... Daphne Ishawahara
James Luisi ... Lt. Doug Chapman
Roger Etienne Roger Etienne ... Inspector Mage
Peter von Zerneck Peter von Zerneck ... Ruprecht
Byron Morrow ... Irving Patrick
Lester Fletcher ... Gertler
Brooke Palance Brooke Palance ... Gilda
Alex Rodine ... Willy Schindler
Luis Delgado Luis Delgado ... Officer Billings


Rockford gives himself a headache trying to solve the connection between a 30 year old murder, a valuable missing painting and Nazi Germany.

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The phone message heard at the beginning of this episode is essentially a part two of the message heard on the previous episode, as both concern a typographical error in a newspaper's want ad for goats. See more »


The Renault with the two Frenchmen has no rear view mirror during the interior shots, but facing the car the rear view mirror is there. See more »


Jim Rockford: [Jim runs into Karen Hall at what had been her childhood home. A realtor's showing the 2 around, and as he's explaining the space, Jim hustles Karen off to another room, where he talks in a hushed voice] What I want to know is; where did you come up with that ridiculous alias? I mean, are you nuts? You're running around with a name that one of the biggest Nazis dreamed up for his summer home?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits do not begin until the nine minute mark and are shown over archival footage of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. See more »


References Black Diamonds (1940) See more »


The Rockford Files
(Main Title Theme)
Written by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter
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Somewhere in the middle
3 October 2019 | by hmoikaSee all my reviews

Most of the reviews for this episode seem to be either praising it or trashing it.

Not having seen Rockford for years (since occasionally watching with my parents during its first run), I was curious to find out for myself just what this episode was all about.

Well, yeah, I have to admit that it was rather confusing; and yeah, I found myself not caring about the outcome. However, I also quickly realized that this maddeningly confused plot was---for me---the reason for its existence.

Granted, I doubt I would watch this particular episode again (I have the DVDs), but I did appreciate the way the script depicted all of these people trying desperately to figure out who did what.

But yes.....let's please not make an episode like this again.

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18 November 1977 (USA) See more »

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