The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Prisoner of Rosemont Hall 

When the son of an old friend goes missing, Jim goes to the young man's college to try and find out what happened.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Jim Rockford
... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
... Dennis Becker
... Leslie Callahan
... University Police Chief Max Kilmore
Joyce Easton ... Valerie Douglas
Daniel Ades ... Machmoud (as Danny Ades)
Maurice Sherbanee ... Khadaffi
Barney McFadden ... Bert Hannan
... Paul Lowe Douglas
... Thomas Tate
Ric Carrott ... Pledge Miller Claussen
... Jake Sand
... Cal Morris
... Judy (as Kathie Richards)


When the son of an old friend goes missing, Jim goes to the young man's college to try and find out what happened.

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17 February 1978 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The character played by Frances Lee McCain (Leslie Callahan) is referenced in dialogue as "almost twice as old as" and "almost 15 years older than" the character played by Bill Thornbury (Paul Lowe Douglas), who is said to be 21 in dialogue. However, McCain (born 1944) was only 8 years older than Thornbury (born 1952). McCain was playing older than her age, while Thornbury was playing younger than his age. See more »


When Police Chief Max Kilmore begs for mercy from the two Middle Eastern agents, they tell him they won't harm him but will request extradition "according to the United Nations charter." Extradition procedures between countries are bound by special international treaties, not by the U.N. Charter. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Pizzeria Employee: [Beeep] That number four you just picked up from Angelo's Pizzeria? Some scouring powder fell on there; don't eat it! Hey, I hope you try your phone machine before dinner...
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References The Felony Squad (1966) See more »

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Rockford 101
8 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

I'm usually a fan of films that take place at a college, as I enjoy the student atmosphere, and I also enjoyed this episode for the most part, although the ending was slightly underwhelming. I just checked the release dates, and this episode came out months before the influential Animal House(1978), and there's a few lines uttered by a student along the lines of "thank you sir, may I have another" while talking to Rockford during a hazing event. I don't think John Landis would admit to being influenced by this episode, assuming he even saw it, but there are some similar aspects between them that it makes me wonder. Rockford, while undercover says a word I never heard of, "mageester", to a few frat house members, and I have no idea what it means, and once again, the word "berlitz" is used, and I haven't heard this mentioned anywhere else other than this show, but I digress. Without going into too much detail, he's at the college looking for a student who he knows, but he ends up murdered because he secretly recorded tapes of a kidnapped student, who's the son of a wealthy king from another country. He teams up with the older lover of Paul Douglas, who also happens to be a professor at the college and Paul's adviser in more ways than one, and eventually the crooked security guard, who's behind the death of Paul and the wealthy king's son in a botched kidnapping scheme, gets shot in the leg and subsequently captured by private investigator's of the king in a average conclusion. Dennis and Rocky have a couple scenes, and look for a familiar face in Barney McFadden(Salem's Lot), who plays one of Paul's killers. Overall, I enjoyed the college campus and settings, and thought this was a solid episode, but the ending left me wanting more.

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