The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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At a swank party, attended by some of LA's high society and police dept. VIPs, in honor of Angel's brother-in-law, Aaron, being made Chief of Police, a robbery takes place, while Lt. Doug Chapman is in charge of security. Desperate to get back into good graces with his superiors, Chapman swallows his pride and asks Rockford to help him.

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... Jim Rockford
... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
... Dennis Becker
... Angel Martin
Richard Seff ... Johnny St. Clair
... Jeff Levane
... Yossi Hendel
... Lt. Doug Chapman
... David Jones
... Aaron Kiel
Troas Hayes ... Carolyn Corkill
Marianne Bunch ... Cynthia Daskin
Dennis Robertson ... John Jeffries
Eddie Ryder ... 'Cat Eye' Wilson
... Capt. Salducci
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At a swank party, attended by some of LA's high society and police dept. VIPs, in honor of Angel's brother-in-law, Aaron, being made Chief of Police, a robbery takes place, while Lt. Doug Chapman is in charge of security. Desperate to get back into good graces with his superiors, Chapman swallows his pride and asks Rockford to help him.

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17 November 1978 (USA)  »

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Actually broadcast 03 Nov 1978. "A Good Clean Bust With Sequel Rights" aired 17 Nov 1978. See more »

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Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: Aaron, when it's in the immediate family it's not called blackmail, it's called family spirit!
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Comes the revolution
11 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

I've always maintained that Rockford Files episodes with Stuart Margolin are for me the best ones. This particular one is one of the best ones with not only Margolin as Angel but James Luisi as Lieutenant Chapman shown to best advantage.

Angel Martin sends his old buddy Jim Rockford an invitation to a swank party at his new brother-in-law's house. Seems that Stuart Margolin's sister has married the police commissioner and Margolin thinks once again he has it made on easy street. Some of the cops are working security and one of them is Luisi who Margolin enjoys ordering around.

In the middle of the festivities come three automatic weapon toting masked bandits spouting the radical revolutionary talk and take a whole bunch of paintings and jewelry and take off in first a waiting boat and then a helicopter after asking all the men to take off their pants. The chase scene with James Garner and James Luisi pantless is quite funny.

As the ranking officer there Luisi is in the what the British say is the loo and he does the humiliating thing by asking Garner for help. Of course he gets the help he asks for. Garner does his job by tracking down the inside man as it was obvious there was one.

As for Stuart Margolin there is always one constant in almost every episode he's in. This conman can easily be conned himself. Inevitably he thinks that he's gotten some lucky break and is on easy street and it always blows up on him. But Angel always bounces back because we have to keep him around for another story. Of all the semi-recurring characters that The Rockford Files developed he was by far the best. The last scene of the episode is priceless.


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