The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Jim goes undercover to expose an illegal gambling club and gets help from a young D.A.


James Garner


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (voice) (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker (credit only)
Blair Brown ... Kate Flanders / Dep. DA Kate Doyle
Joel Fabiani ... Thompkins
Stewart Moss Stewart Moss ... Dep. DA Burton Kimball / Mr. Phelps
Paul Stevens ... George Welles
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
William Phipps ... Sergeant
William Bryant ... Paul Flanders
Sharon Ullrick ... Clerk
Julio Medina ... Gardener
Jack Garner Jack Garner ... Officer
Stacy Keach Sr. ... Sy Mosher
Todd Hoffman Todd Hoffman ... Young Man


Jim goes undercover to expose an illegal gambling club and gets help from a young D.A.

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19 December 1975 (USA) See more »

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This was the first and only episode star James Garner directed. See more »


Early in the episode, when meeting with his client, "Rockford says that they break out a new deck of Bicycles every few hands." In the poker scenes, the actors are actually playing with a deck of Bee playing cards, a higher-end product of the same company. See more »


Thompkins: [searching the car Rockford used] Not even a lousy gum wrapper... Check the glove compartment.
Sy Mosher: Mostly bills.
Thompkins: Made out to Keil?
Sy Mosher: Yeah. Some to a newspaper, the rest to a home address.
[Reads the address aloud, then starts reading the ZIP code]
Thompkins: I don't need he ZIP code. He's not going on my Christmas card list!
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You don't mess around with Jim
28 September 2012 | by stones78See all my reviews

This was a decent, but not great, episode which has Rockford going undercover to see if a poker game is rigged, and as we all know, he plays a mean game of poker on the table and in his job. The most notable aspects were that this episode was directed James Garner, and a very young Blair Brown plays a deputy district attorney who's also interested in this illegal card game, where one member is stealing union funds, and bad stuff all around is going on behind the scenes. Rockford was hired by Kate's(Brown)partner, who's also a deputy district attorney, but he's crooked and was involved in the rigged poker game and winds up being murdered. The bad guys eventually learn of Rockford's true identity, and are naturally out to kill him, and somehow, Angel(Stuart Margolin)gets involved in this mess; he and Garner are terrific together with great chemistry. There isn't too much in terms of action, but there's a cool sequence when the baddies chase an obviously limping Rockford(Garner always had bad knees during this show)and Kate in what looks like a school gymnasium, and he makes some nifty choices to keep the hoods at bay, until he wisely pulls a fire alarm which eventually has the fire company and police there to save the day and arrest the bad men. Other nice touches included a few scenes with the Firebird, and some cool shots of the pier near the trailer.

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