The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Mayor's Committee from Deer Lick Falls 

Jim is hired by some small-town businessmen to help them buy a fire engine; they really want him to assassinate someone who could bring the IRS down on them.


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




Episode cast overview:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Edward Binns ... Everet Alton Benson
Richard O'Brien Richard O'Brien ... Arthur Kelso
Charles Aidman ... Noah Deitweiler
Priscilla Barnes ... Lauren Ingeborg
Jerry Hardin ... Knute Jacobs
James Luisi ... Lt. Doug Chapman
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Clark Howat ... Mr. Rankin
Richard Sanders ... Samuel Romney
Fritzi Burr ... Miss Orneck
Ian Sander Ian Sander ... Christian
David Ruprecht David Ruprecht ... David (as David Rupprecht)


Jim is hired by some small-town businessmen to help them buy a fire engine; they really want him to assassinate someone who could bring the IRS down on them.

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When Jim is barreling down the hill after his brake lines are cut the car-costar silver Vega backs out of a driveway in front of him halfway into the street and Jim has to swerve around the Vega. See more »


When Rockford is driving round LA looking for the theatre where Inga is working, the shots show his Firebird as a 1974 model. Later, when the brakes are cut, the car is a 1977 car. They can be told apart by the front grilles which are distinctly different shapes. See more »


Jim Rockford: [after driving at break-neck speed his brakeless Firebird down a hill, through a picket fence and a hedge before it stops] Well, what do you say let's forget the sushimi and call it a day.
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References Mister Roberts (1955) See more »


The Rockford Files
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Written by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter
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some good moments
15 March 2011 | by stones78See all my reviews

The opening scene with Rockford riding the fire truck is amusing, as he looks like a kid in a candy store. As it turns out, he's being fattened for the kill, as these 4 old geezers want him to kill one of the men's niece, played about average by Priscilla Barnes(Three's Company). I thought one moment she should've shown more emotion; when she's close to being run over by her uncle, she just gazes and says "he tried to kill me" while standing next to Jim. I can only wonder what Garner was thinking at that moment. A few more head scratching moments was how Jim's car abruptly stops in someone's yard, considering the brakes were cut; another was how one of the men pulls a shotgun in a busy mall trying to kill the woman. He couldn't possibly think he wouldn't get caught, right? Look for a familiar face in Fritzi Burr, who is usually getting on Fred Sanford's nerves; she has several appearances on the Rockford Files as well. There's a few scenes with Rocky, Dennis, and one with Chapman, although no outside shot of the trailer, which was disappointing. Overall, this episode has good scenes and some bad, but certainly worth seeing if you're a fan of this fine series.

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25 November 1977 (USA) See more »

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