The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Rockford takes a dislike to the small town he's visiting when a bogus repair bill is followed by phony criminal charges. Aided by his father and attorney, Rockford takes on the hamlet's corrupt mayor, sheriff and prosecuting attorney.


Lawrence Doheny


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 (credit only)
Warren J. Kemmerling ... Vern Soper (as Warren Kemmerling)
Richard Herd ... Sheriff Cliff Gladish
William Lucking ... Police Officer Pete Kolodny
Kathie Browne ... Mayor Karen Sanders
Gretchen Corbett ... Beth Davenport
Smith Wordes Smith Wordes ... Rita (as Smith Evans)
Bill Zuckert ... Emmett Byrd
Don Billett Don Billett ... Gilbert Univaso
Bill Quinn ... Judge Cline
Robert Ward Robert Ward ... Honcho
Jack Garner Jack Garner ... Court Clerk
Bruce Tuthill Bruce Tuthill ... 1st Hood


A farming hub has more business than it can handle, including giving Rockford the business. The PI's car breaks down near the boomtown, after a source Rockford contacts in a divorce case steers Rockford there. While his car is being worked on, Rockford is quickly entangled between an underage motel worker and her jealous cop boyfriend, and in a double-cross over a narcotics deal. Is it just another tricky day for unlucky Jim, or is bucolic New Pastoria a sunny sin city ? Written by David Stevens

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When Rockford calls his answering machine to check his messages he tells the operator his phone number is (213) 555-9000. This contradicts the phone number (311) 555-2368 seen on Rockford's phone at the beginning of every show. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Dennis Becker: Hey Jimbo. Dennis. Really appreciate the help on the income tax... Ya wanna help on the audit now?
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The Rockford Files
(Main Title Theme)
Written by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter
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one of the classic "Rockford" episodes
19 March 2013 | by grizzledgeezerSee all my reviews

The summary pretty much says it. Now I have to come up with nine more lines.

This episode shows Stephen J Cannell and his crew at their peak. They were masters not just at sharp dialog, but sharp plotting. Most "Rockford" episodes start with a seemingly unimportant situation, which gradually grows in complexity and nastiness.

The characterizations in this episode are particularly good, especially the "tough-but-fair" judge who holds Rockford to an almost impossibly high standard in proving his claims. He doesn't readily abandon what he's believed all his life, only slowly coming around to acknowledge the corruption in his community.

Most TV episodes aren't worth watching even once. This one's an exception. If only all TV shows were this well-done...

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28 November 1975 (USA) See more »

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Lone Pine, California, USA See more »

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