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Nice Guys Finish Dead 

The special guest of a P.I. convention dinner is found murdered in the restroom, and Jim unhappily finds himself once more having to team up with flawless Lance White (Tom Selleck), while accident prone Freddie Beamer tags along.

Director:

John Patterson

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker (credit only)
James Whitmore Jr. James Whitmore Jr. ... Freddie Beamer
Tom Selleck ... Lance White
Simon Oakland ... Vern St. Cloud
Larry Manetti ... Larry St. Cloud
Erica Hagen Erica Hagen ... Hypnotist Brandy Alexander
James Luisi ... Lt. Doug Chapman
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Carmine DeAngelo
Fritzi Burr Fritzi Burr ... Mrs. DeAngelo
Roscoe Born Roscoe Born ... TV Commentator
Fred Lerner ... Carl Richman
Steve Jones Steve Jones ... Newsman
Al Berry ... Ed Fuller
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Storyline

The special guest of a P.I. convention dinner is found murdered in the restroom, and Jim unhappily finds himself once more having to team up with flawless Lance White (Tom Selleck), while accident prone Freddie Beamer tags along.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1979 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The promo at the begining of the episode has a line which is altered in the aired version. In the promo version, Lance White tells Jim: "we should follow this lead, and catch our killer, Jim". In the episode, it's: "we should follow this lead and catch our murderer, Jim". See more »

Goofs

At one point Larry St. Cloud announces the UALI will have a press contact in the Hopalong Cassidy suite of the Gene Autry Hotel. Later, a TV reporter states he is broadcasting from the Gene Autry suite of the Hopalong Cassidy Hotel. See more »

Quotes

Lance White: Maybe we should forget about lunch and follow up a lead or something?
Jim Rockford: Which lead did you have in mind, Lance?
Lance White: We don't have one, Jim.
Jim Rockford: [laughing] Then I guess it would be hard to follow up then, huh?
Lance White: C'mon, you and I both know that when you need a lead one always shows up. That's the way it works.
Jim Rockford: [Frustrated] No, it never just shows up, Lance. Never. Watch my lips: NEV - VER.
Freddie Beamer: Hey guys, look at this.
[He gives Rockford a picture]
Jim Rockford: What's that?
Freddie Beamer: I found this last night with the Senator. It was in his ...
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Rockford comedy!
1 April 2019 | by mm-39See all my reviews

Classic Rockford comedy! Nice Guys Finish Dead is a comic episode where Jimmy plays the straight serious guy, while Beemer is the pathetic humorous character and Selleck is the over naive P I who is over skilled, and lucky. Selleck's character is a guy women love, saves peoples lives, and always has the breaks. Selleck over applauds Jimmy winning the award is hilarious. Selleck's character tells people to put their hands up to fight fair, and Chapman just over love for the P I who saved Chapman's life is the funny two funny on going jokes of Nice Guys Finish Dead. Not much of a story, but Nice Guys Finish Dead's paper thin story is done deliberately to enhance the humor. Nice Guys Finish Dead starts out with a bang of a serious episode, which slowly unravels from one silly moment to the next as the comic collusion climaxes! 8 out of 10 stars. A break form the more serious episodes, which makes for a classic series.


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