The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Local Man Eaten by Newspaper 

Jim could use some saintly guidance when he goes undercover on a scandal rag that is getting confidential medical information on a doctor's famous, and infamous, patients.


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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
Scott Marlowe ... Augie Arnow
Rose Gregorio Rose Gregorio ... Natalie Cotton Arnow
Joseph Hindy ... Leo Cotton
Gianni Russo ... Johnny Bongard
Kenneth Tigar ... Jerry Simpson
Joe E. Tata ... Sal
Bo Hopkins ... John Cooper
Scott Brady ... Harold Witbeck
Pat Renella Pat Renella ... Vincent
Harlee McBride Harlee McBride ... Monica
Dallas Mitchell Dallas Mitchell ... Dr. Hagens
Ed Crick Ed Crick ... Ken McNaughton


Jim could use some saintly guidance when he goes undercover on a scandal rag that is getting confidential medical information on a doctor's famous, and infamous, patients.

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Release Date:

8 December 1978 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

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1.33 : 1
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One of 3 episodes featuring (the in-person appearance of) Rockford's disbarred attorney friend, John "Coop" Cooper. In the 5th season, Coop took on representing Rockford, after Gretchen Corbett, who played the character of Beth Davenport, left the series. See more »


Incorrectly regarded as a goof: On the stairs of the crypt, Coop yells "Dive, Jim!", so Rockford dives behind a tree. One of the gunmen in the drive-by is using a silencer; this hits Johnny Bongard in the chest, then you hear the shot from the other gun. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: [beeep] Sonny, this message ain't for you, it's for me. I just wanna remind myself to pick up the big ladder at the paint mart.
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References The General (1926) See more »

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Weak story line in Local man eaten by newspaper.
4 February 2008 | by mjgarskeSee all my reviews

What is the deal with this episode? I try and get in to it but there is something missing, it's like it has no soul or something.

Plus there is a ridiculous instance when Rockford, Coop and the 2 Mafia guys climb out of the burning newspaper building. The cops show up to 4 guys and a burning building and they automatically attempt to arrest them, why? Wouldn't the cops first idea be to see if everyone is OK? Why would they suspect that they are criminals? Plus, the most glaring point that I have a problem with is that Jim tells one of the cops, "officer, I'm a private detective and the man on the end is my associate" the cops than release them. In all the years of TRF has any cop EVER been impressed by the fact that Rockford is a PI? In my experience they have been HARDER on him exactly because he IS a PI!!!

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