The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Gang at Don's Drive-In 

An author suffering from writers block tells Jim he thinks he has the next best seller in an old murder case from 1961.


Harry Falk


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
Anthony Zerbe ... Jack Skowron
Arlene Golonka ... Jeannie Rosenthal
Mills Watson ... Stan Collier
Lawrence P. Casey ... Robert Atcheson (as Lawrence Casey)
Bill Fletcher Bill Fletcher ... Hitman
Richard Bakalyan ... Porter (as Dick Bakalyan)
Elaine Princi Elaine Princi ... Jo Ann
Connie Sawyer ... Mrs. Fornechefsky
Jordan Rhodes ... Dr. Kozoll
Paul Pepper Paul Pepper ... Don Brakeman Jr.
Al Rossi ... Fred Stassi
Fredd Wayne Fredd Wayne ... Curtis Meyer


An author suffering from writers block tells Jim he thinks he has the next best seller in an old murder case from 1961.

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Release Date:

13 January 1978 (USA) See more »

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Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The voice heard announcing flight arrival & departure information at LAX (the 2nd to last scene of the episode), is Arlene Golonka - who's a guest star in this episode as 'Jean.' See more »


When Rockford (James Garner) is talking to Anthony Zerbe) in the hospital room, Rockford knocks over a glass of milk on the food tray while reading the note Jack gave him. This was likely an error on Garner's part from which he recovered, and continued the scene. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Anonymous Caller: [Beeep] Jim, I finally finished twelve long years of psycho-therapy and I'm now able to tell you just what I think of you... would you please call me...
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Significant hush money
24 May 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Anthony Zerbe guest stars in this Rockford Files episode as a Norman Mailer like writer who is about to write a book on an old 1961 murder case where a young high school girl was killed and a very powerful man has been paying significant hush money. For Zerbe this could be something like Truman Capote's In Cold Blood.

I think the writers at The Rockford Files might have had the case where Ethel Kennedy's nephew was long suspected for a homicide of a teen. These blackmailers who include Arlene Golonka and Mills Watson were not the folks mostly likely to succeed in their working class high school back in the day. Now they're among the rich and powerful and want to stay that way. So when Zerbe hires James Garner to investigate them, they feel good and threatened.

I have to say that Anthony Zerbe really makes this episode. He's got the makings of something more than he realize, but he's a total alcoholic with all the excuses of why he drinks and why he can just stop anytime he wants to. Garner also has to keep him sober as well as investigate and get his money as well from someone who's looking like a deadbeat as well.

I enjoyed this episode I think the readers will as well.

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