The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Joey Blue Eyes 

Jim helps one of Beth's clients, who is being swindled out of his business.


Lawrence Doheny


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

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Episode complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker (credit only)
Michael Ansara ... Joseph DiMinna
Gretchen Corbett ... Beth Davenport
Suzanne Charny Suzanne Charny ... Paulette DiMinna
Robert Yuro Robert Yuro ... Gannon
James Luisi ... Burt Stryker
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine ... Sweet Tooth London
Jimmy Lydon ... Barrow (as James Lydon)
Sandy Kenyon ... Mitchell
Mike Lane ... Fred (as Michael Lane)
Norman Bartold ... Evans
Ril Raden Ril Raden ... Fulton


Jim helps one of Beth's clients, who is being swindled out of his business.

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Release Date:

30 January 1976 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Did You Know?


The big car chase takes place in the streets of Long Beach and the old Long Beach Pike. Coincidentally this is where they now hold the Long Beach Grand Prix every spring. See more »


At the celebration party in Joey's restaurant, Rockford is shown wearing the same clothes he wore before he went to collect the payoff. This means that Jim didn't take a shower or change his clothes after he had crawled through the sewers under the park. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Caller: Sorry Jim, this is for Rocky. Hey Rock, Stan. Got that red head and her sister, 10:30 at Macy's Grill!
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Take a shower, Jim
7 May 2012 | by stones78See all my reviews

This is one of those very entertaining episodes that had just about everything to keep my interest, especially the great cast assembled. I wouldn't say Rockford was a secondary character here, but even he was bested by the performances of Michael Ansara(Joey), James Luisi(normally Chapman, but Burt Striker here), and Eddie Fontaine(Sweet Tooth London), who also starred in 3 other episodes; Ansara was great, as he played a former inmate trying to go straight with a legitimate, but failing restaurant, and he enlists Beth to get Jim to help keep it afloat. Striker and Sweet Tooth both have their hands in the pie, as the former seems to be in organized crime, and the latter is a loan shark, who lent cash to Joey, but won't give him anymore; watch a few solid scenes with Angel as well. The Firebird gets to smoke a Monte Carlo, and then does the same to a very ugly Buick, and there's a nice shot inside the trailer. No one gets murdered for a change, but Rockford eventually figures out a way to con Striker in a clever, though probably unrealistic, plan to get $250,000 to Joey so he gets to keep his restaurant. I forgot to mention a funny moment when Rockford(Jim Taggart)and London ride a Ferris wheel together discussing a new loan for Taggart's "client", but London refuses; there's something about a 70's amusement park which takes me back. As I've said in other reviews, I would recommend a newer fan watch this great show starting with episodes in 1976, and remember, Rockford won't dance with anyone unless he showers first, especially if he's hiding in a sewer waiting for a suitcase full of money.

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