The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Lawrence Doheny

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)
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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1975 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Lone Pine, California, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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1 December 2014 | by stones78See all my reviews

I've seen a few extreme reviews of this episode, both good and bad, and mine will fall somewhere in between. Right off the bat, let me say that the scam the little town pulls on unsuspecting folks seems a tad unrealistic, even though the writers made it seem almost realistic, but I couldn't totally buy into how easy it was, until Rockford gets caught up in it, and he figures out a way to finally end the ruse. Some of the familiar faces include Bill Quinn, Gretchen Corbett, Kathie Browne, and Richard Herd, and they were all solid in their roles; Rocky had a few nice scenes as well. I prefer the episodes when most of the scenes are outdoors, and that happens often in this one, in a cool small town. I can't think of much that stood out for me, other than what I just mentioned, but it was still an interesting, if not unrealistic, twist than the usual formula. I did enjoy how Rockford figured everything out, even if the ending seemed rushed.


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