The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job: Part 1 

When a corrupt businessman uses extortion to force Richie Brockleman's father to sell him his business for a paltry amount, Richie goes to Jim for advice on how to get back at him with a con job.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Jim Rockford
... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
... Dennis Becker (credit only)
... Harold Jack Coombs
Trisha Noble ... Odette Lependieu
... Harry Steel
Gary Crosby ... Larry Litrell
David Hooks ... Frederick Doyle
... Angel Martin
... Mr. Brockelman
... Mrs. Brockelman
... Richie Brockelman
Salt Walther ... Vern
... Cowboy Mickey Martell
... Dr. Wetherford


When a corrupt businessman uses extortion to force Richie Brockleman's father to sell him his business for a paltry amount, Richie goes to Jim for advice on how to get back at him with a con job.

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3 March 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Jimmy Joe Meeker buys Larry Litrell's car, he pays him from a large wad of bills; those that can be seen are of the $1,000 denomination. It should be noted that if the events of this episode match the air date (3 March 1979), $1,000 dollar bills had been out of circulation for ten years. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Miss Collins: [beeep] Mr. Rockford, Miss Collins for the Bureau of Licenses. We got your renewal for the extended deadline, but not your check. I'm sorry, but at midnight you're no longer licensed as an investigator.
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The Sting redux, a 'la Rockford
30 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

Way back when.... I was a 'little pup,' and watched The Rockford Files when they were first on, the character of 'Richie Brockleman,' as well as (the actor portraying him) Dennis Dugan annoyed me.

Perhaps it was his 'gosh, gee-wilickers'-ness, but, back then, I couldn't get into watching him - either here, or, his spin-off series.

Jumping up to present-day, when we've the ability to watch a series, like this from it's first to last episode, I started watching the series in its entirety (back then, I stopped after about the 3rd season, or so).

I re-watched this episode about 6 months ago, and at the time, I gave it an '8.' I'm watching Rockford again, this summer, and am now again beginning to watch the two-part 'Never Send A Boy King...,' and it really is even better this time around.

I'm sure I'm not the only Rockford fan who also loves The Sting, and this two-parter - which, is really movie-length - is akin to a latter-day take on that great con movie.

I'm still not finished watching the first part, which, is really the back-story for the hustle, and it's set-up, but, it's very apparent how much fun was had making this episode by all.

When Rockford...or, is that perhaps Mr. Garner... takes the race car on the track to race Coombs for the pink-slip, the joy he had driving is palpable, and the smile on his face is there, even though his mask covers his face.

This episode pulls out all-the-stops.

The Rockford Files is well-known for its quality writing, as well as in casting, and this episode is a veritable who's-who of great 70's character actors - all those faces you know, but, not always know their names.

The hustle, or should I say, the opening acts of the hustle are so well-staged, down to using grifter idioms, to me, it's a pleasure to watch experts - no matter what their forté - ply their craft.

And, yes; I can even find Brockleman/Dugan 'okay' to watch - in this delicious bite-sized treat.

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