The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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South by Southeast 

Mistaken identity by federal agents has Jim being sent to South America to help them contact a heiress, who has been isolated by her possessive husband.


William Wiard


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

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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)
Dorrie Kavanaugh Dorrie Kavanaugh ... Christine Van Deerlin
Don Chastain ... Jon Van Deerlin
Carlos Romero Carlos Romero ... Sam Gurolla
Don Diamond ... Coelho
Jim B. Smith ... Whittaker
Isaac Ruiz Isaac Ruiz ... Jorge Sanchez (as Isaac Ruiz Jr.)
Bert Rosario ... Jorge's Assistant
Mark Roberts ... Agent Kleinhoff
George Clifton George Clifton ... Agent Mallardi
Jim Scott Jim Scott ... Agent Ben Bast
Ernesto Macias ... Emiliano Rivera (as Eric Mason)
Don Dubbins ... Agent Frazee


Mistaken identity by federal agents has Jim being sent to South America to help them contact a heiress, who has been isolated by her possessive husband.

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Release Date:

3 February 1978 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the very rare episodes were Rockford does not drive his trademark Pontiac Firebird. It is only seen parked by his trailer in the beginning of the episode. See more »


The aircraft Rockford gets into and out of has a tail number of N664CL. The aircraft shown in flight, has a different tail number, N953GM. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Bill Skelly: [Beeep] Bill Skelly with EyeCo. Like to interest you in some new private detection equipment, including the 440-A Telephonic Bug. We'll demonstrate it in a friend's home for one full week - at no charge.
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References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

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below par
28 March 2011 | by stones78See all my reviews

This segment started out well, especially the scenes when Rockford is mistaken for a federal agent and is driven place to place to meet a supervisor who's never the right one, and then he ends up on a plane to another country to find an heiress, although I can't quite recall the reasoning behind it. It appears that she's unhappy and held against her will, and that she knew the agent that Rockford supposedly is mistaken for. Right off the bat, I felt a lack of chemistry between Jim and Dorrie Kavanaugh's character Christine, and I felt the longer they hung together, the more clichéd their relationship became; boy meets girl, girl despises boy, girl feels sorry for boy, boy charms girl, girl likes boy, and so on. I usually dislike episodes when Jim falls for the girl, even though this woman is married; why does he need to hold her hand at the restaurant, and what did he expect to happen? There's another moment that I'm left scratching my head; Jim discovers the husband has been giving her arsenic, not pain killers, for her headache. My problem is that the husband leaves the poison out in the open for anyone to see, and voila, Jim discovers it. Is she too dumb to see what he's giving her, or is the husband too dumb not to hide the arsenic? There's no Rocky, Angel, or Dennis to add to the disappointment. The final moments have Christine wanting to meet Rocky and Jim's cat(did you know he had one?)and go back home with him, but Jim the cowboy turns her down, but proceeds to give her a big kiss to end the show. I'll make sure to watch something else the next time this show rounds the corner again, and I recommend you do the same also.

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