The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Requiem for a Funny Box 

A washed-up comedian finds out about a Mob family member's secret, and gets Jim in trouble by framing him for a murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Jim Rockford
... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
... Dennis Becker
... Kenny Bell
... Lee Russo
... Paul Silvan
Jodean Lawrence ... Maxine Bell (as Jodean Russo)
... Lori Thompson
... Alex Diel
... Beth Davenport
Gilbert Green ... Silvan
Thomas A. Geas ... Waiter
Del Hinkley ... Poco
Hank Stohl ... Officer
Joel Lawrence ... Newscaster


A washed-up comedian finds out about a Mob family member's secret, and gets Jim in trouble by framing him for a murder.

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4 November 1977 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Gilbert Green (August Silvan) was only eight years older than Jason Evers, who played his son. See more »


When the Mercedes is chasing Jim and the comedian there are two people in the car. There is clearly an empty back seat in several shots. Then after Jimmy pulls over to the police stop a third mobster climbs out of the back seat to make a call, then goes back to the car and shoots the front seat passenger. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Sue Ellen: [Beeep] Mr. Rockford? Sue Ellen. Our class is having that crazy scavenger hunt I told you about. If you're wondering what happened to your trailer door, it's gonna win me first prize!
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Rocks and the box
29 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

The beginning of this episode is pretty standard and has the usual fine writing, but then later, I was thrown for a loop when another unrelated topic took this episode in a more serious direction, and I'll address that shortly. The gist revolves around a comic named Kenny Bell, played solidly by Chuck McCann, and his former partner, another comic named Leo Russo(Robert Quarry), and their dealings with the mob, although Kenny wasn't involved with them, but Leo was. Tom Atkins was in fine form as Diehl, although Dennis had a scene or 2, but wasn't really needed, and let me mention that Rocky had more scenes than usual; look for a nice scene on the beach with Rockford, Rocky, and Kenny, as father and son return from a bad day trying to catch fish. Kenny hires Rockford(he calls him "Rocks")to drop off a briefcase full of cash, but Jim finds Russo dead in his car as Jim's making the switch, and the police arrest him, and Jim is seriously mad at Kenny. The next plot has the story take a stunning and powerful twist, as it's discovered that local hood Paul Silvan(Jason Evers)and Russo were gay lovers, and the scene between Paul and his powerful mob boss father(Gilbert Green)isn't exactly touching, as he berates his son and mocks him; he was forced to listen to a tape that Kenny sent to him, and he's in serious denial about his son, even though Paul admits that he's been gay a long time, but his father wouldn't talk to him about it years ago. Not too long after this conversation, Paul and a driver are chasing Rockford and Kenny in the Firebird, but they elude the hoods, and the driver has to call Paul's father with bad news about losing their targets, and this is where an effective scene was too rushed; basically, the father says something to the effect to have the driver kill his son, even though the driver seemed confused. The next moment has the man walking back to the car and we hear a gunshot, which was in broad daylight and not exactly in a desolate area; the scene was, in my opinion, too rushed and would've been better served if it took place at night, which would have been more realistic. The latter half of this episode really made it special, especially the performance of Green, and I would recommend strongly to a fan of the show.

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