The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Profit and Loss, Part 1: Profit 

Jim investigates a large corporation when one of its executives is kidnapped and the wife of another executive claims the company murdered her husband.


Lawrence Doheny


Roy Huggins (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Ned Beatty ... Leon Fielder
Sharon Spelman ... Doris Parker
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Gretchen Corbett ... Beth Davenport
Paul Jenkins ... Stan Gorrick
Val Bisoglio ... Carl Bovino
Michael Lerner ... Arnold Love
Priscilla Pointer ... Helen Morris
John Carter ... Alec Morris
Ray Girardin Ray Girardin ... Ted
Don Billett Don Billett ... Dan Shavelson (as Donald Billett)
Joe E. Tata ... Solly Marshall
J. Jay Saunders ... Computer Programmer


Jim investigates a large corporation when one of its executives is kidnapped and the wife of another executive claims the company murdered her husband.

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Release Date:

20 December 1974 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Every time any character says the company name 'Fiscal Dynamics,' the line is over-dubbed from the original ("Financial Dynamics"). This was done, most likely, due to a real company by this name being identified between the completion of the script, and post-production. But, in the last episode of the 4th year (The Rockford Files: The House on Willis Avenue (1978)) Richie Brockleman congratulates Rockford on his work on the 'Financial Dynamics' case. See more »


Rockford's picture is taken outside the courthouse, but when it appears in the paper he is standing in front of a black background. See more »


Jim Rockford: Lieutenant Becker, please.
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Referenced in The Rockford Files: The House on Willis Avenue (1978) See more »

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The Root of All Evil
19 May 2019 | by dballtwoSee all my reviews

If the investors in Enron and Madoff Securities had seen this episode of the Rockford Files, and remembered it, they could have saved themselves a lot of money before those two enterprises folded and took their money with them. This episode, thought up by Roy Huggins and written up by Stephen Cannell, used a lot of the themes of Wall Street swindling before they became all too familiar to the general public. Detective Rockford finds himself coming and going between insiders and outsiders involved in corporate skullduggery that doesn't really interest him, but threatens to land him in jail and bankruptcy court. Great performances by Ned Beatty, Michael Lerner, and Sharon Spelman, all of whom were called back for encores on the Garner show.

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