The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Attractive Nuisance 

An unexplained break-in at Rocky's new diner has connections with the FBI fifty years ago.


Dana Elcar


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)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Victor Jory ... Eddie LaSalle
Ken Lynch ... Vince Whitehead
Gretchen Corbett ... Beth Davenport
Dick Balduzzi Dick Balduzzi ... Don Silver
Hunter von Leer ... Skip Spence
Rudy Bond ... Bennie
John Morgan Evans John Morgan Evans ... Vinnie
Jess Nadelman Jess Nadelman ... Bruce Weinstock
Jeannie Fitzsimmons Jeannie Fitzsimmons ... Joy Silver
Joe Tornatore ... Sid
Paul Sorensen Paul Sorensen ... Inspector Claybourn
Jerome Guardino Jerome Guardino ... Hank


An unexplained break-in at Rocky's new diner has connections with the FBI fifty years ago.

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Release Date:

6 January 1978 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final appearance of Gretchen Corbett until the reunion movies in the '90s. See more »


The legal doctrine of attractive nuisance is stated incorrectly. It only applies to small children and not to adults. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and address, I'll get back to you.
Aunt Bea: [with a real Oklahoma twang] Jimmy Scott? This is Aunt Bea from Tulsa. Cousin Randy just graduated high school and wants to be a movie producer. Now you live out in Hollywood, you just do something!
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Great episode
17 November 2013 | by EuphrosyneSee all my reviews

Sorry, but this isn't so much a review - but a reply to stones78.

I really enjoyed your review. And having seen some of these episodes first run - I just wanted to make this comment: the old detective living on dog food is a reference to many, many stories throughout the 70's about elderly people on Soc. Sec. having to live on dog food to make ends meet, as it was cheap. They make a mention of the detective not being left with much. It also is why dog and cat food are mandated to be "human-grade".

I mention this, as one of the things that I love about these old shows is, they aren't just entertaining, they can also be a real time-capsule of the social and economic issues of the time.

Anyway - you provided a great review and you were completely correct about the ending, with the "old-geezers" partaking their knowledge on the young guys - it really made the episode.

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