The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Kirkoff Case 

A wealthy but dislikable young man hires Jim to solve the mystery of the death of his parents - the crime for which he stands accused.


Lou Antonio


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




Episode complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Julie Sommars ... Tawnia Baker
Roger Davis ... Travis Buckman
James Woods ... Larry Kirkoff
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Philip Kenneally ... Muzzy Vinette
Milt Kogan ... Marsh
Abe Vigoda ... Al Dancer
Sandra de Bruin ... Hostess (as Sandy De Bruin)
Dino Seragusa Dino Seragusa ... Maritre D'
Dennis McCarthy Dennis McCarthy ... Calvin Carras
Fred Lerner ... Parking Attendant
Melissa Mahoney Melissa Mahoney ... Carhop


Jim's hired by Larry Kirkoff to discover the identity of his parents' killer. There are a number of possible suspects , and the police suspect Larry of the crime, but lack of evidence prevents them from making a case against him. Rockford's investigation runs him afoul of some men who want everyone to go on thinking Larry killed them. Written by tomtrekp

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Did You Know?


One of the guest stars in this episode is Roger Davis. Mr. Davis had worked on Roy Huggins' previous series, "Alias Smith and Jones (1971)," where he originally served as the narrator. After the tragic suicide of lead co-star Pete Duel, Mr. Davis was put in the awkward position of replacing Duel as Hannibal Hayes. This was so jarring--to both cast and viewers--the series only lasted 17 more episodes (5 remaining episodes of Season 2, and 12 in Season 3) before being canceled. See more »


At the bar where Jim meets Tawnia, the drink left by her male friend is clearly different from the top and side views. See more »


Jim Rockford: [Jim is being worked over by thugs] Does your mother know what you do for a living?
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References The Chapman Report (1962) See more »

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A nice kickoff opening story
26 May 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When I reviewed the whole series, I said that The Rockford Files was what series television is all about. The show got off to a great start with James Woods a rather nasty rich boy whom the cops suspect of killing his parents wanting to find out who did it.

Even the rich and obnoxious are entitled to hire Jim Rockford for $200.00 a day plus expenses. So Rockford goes digging first into the lovers of the deceased parents, Julie Sommars and Roger Davis as possible suspects.

After that it's the business associates of the late father and it's here where James Garner makes an alliance of sorts with Sommars. Sommars makes no doubt that she's a gold digger and Garner kind of likes that up front honesty.

In the end both murders are solved and Garner and Sommars may have a fling before she goes looking for another rich prospect.

One of the great strengths of The Rockford Files as a series is the gathering of such wonderful characters who showed up a few times in shows over the series run. In this episode we meet the first one, Noah Beery, Jr., as John Rockford. Garner's father who thinks this private detective business can be dangerous. It sure proves to be over the next several years.

A nice kickoff opening story.

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13 September 1974 (USA) See more »

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