The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Dark and Bloody Ground 

Jim reluctantly agrees to work for Beth Davenport. His job is to help her prove her client, Ann Calhoun, is innocent of the crime she is accused of; murdering her husband Kevin Calhoun. ... See full summary »


Michael Schultz


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

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Episode complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Gretchen Corbett ... Beth Davenport
Linden Chiles ... Elliot Malcolm
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Nancy Malone ... Elizabeth
Patricia Smith ... Ann Calhoun
Walter Brooke ... Clyde Russell
Tom Bower ... Officer Hensley
Marc Alaimo ... Farber
Luis Delgado Luis Delgado ... Police Officer


Jim reluctantly agrees to work for Beth Davenport. His job is to help her prove her client, Ann Calhoun, is innocent of the crime she is accused of; murdering her husband Kevin Calhoun. Jim's investigation takes him to the town of Parker, Arizona, where the Calhouns are from. He digs up info someone doesn't want found out and is almost killed trying to return to L.A. Socialites Clyde Russell and Elizabeth Gorman, who were throwing a party the Calhouns attended, are also investigated. Jim's investigation is making someone nervous as another attempt is made on his life. Written by tomtrekp

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Release Date:

20 September 1974 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)| Color

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


First appearance in the series for Beth Davenport, portrayed by Gretchen Corbett. See more »


Beth Davenport tells Jim that the book's copyright can be taken if not renewed by the author in a timely manner under 17 U.S.C. 24. Title 17 of federal law does govern copyrights but there is no chapter 24. The Title has only 13 chapters. See more »


Beth Davenport: [Jim doesn't seem to show much interest in picking up the case of Bth's client] Don't you even care if she is innocent?
Jim Rockford: Beth, I spent five-years in prison. While I was there I never met anybody who wasn't "innocent."
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References The Birth of a Nation (1915) See more »

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Pro Bono work for a Pro Bono client
6 April 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I've always thought of Beth Davenport as a great feminist role model. Pretty, smart, and accomplished, Gretchen Corbett finally makes partner in her law firm in her last appearance in The Rockford Files.

So Corbett enters and we already know she's Jim Rockford's attorney and God knows he needs one with all the scrapes he gets into and the police looking to nail him for something.

Corbett kind of, sort of cons James Garner to working for her pro bono client Patricia Smith who is accused of killing her husband by setting a fire that did him in. They're newly arrived in town and get to crash a very swank party given by Walter Brooke and Nancy Malone and arranged by Linden Chiles.

No sooner does Rockford start looking into the background of the deceased than two attempts are made to kill him and the second almost killing Beth Davenport. The deceased apparently did not exist before he married Smith. The deceased is also described as an itinerant poet and drifter.

But he was far more than that. Just his mere existence threatens the well ordered world of the three above people.

It's quite a hold he has on them as it turns out. It's also quite a con Beth Davenport pulls on Jim Rockford. Worthy of an Ange.

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