The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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There's One in Every Port 

After being conned by friends Jim sets them up to settle the score and save himself.


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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) (credit only)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker (credit only)
Joan Van Ark ... Christina Marks
John Dehner ... Judge Lyman / Inspector DeMartonis
Steve Landesberg ... Kenny Hollywood / Frank Rhinehart (as Steve Landesburg)
John Mahon ... Victor Sherman
Jack Riley ... Adrian Lyman
George Memmoli ... Blast Gillette
Michael DeLano ... Sharkey
Ric Mancini Ric Mancini ... Aaron
Howard Duff ... Edward J. Marks
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Byron Morrow ... George Greenleaf / Ray Fahasateur
Kenneth Tobey ... Captain


After being conned by friends Jim sets them up to settle the score and save himself.

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Release Date:

7 January 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode's title, and guest-starring credits don't appear for the first 9 minutes. Usually they appear within a minute of the series' opening titles, and theme. See more »


When Jim (James Garner) visits Eddie (Howard Duff) in hospital, Jim presents him with a box of candy, which Eddie says he's unable to eat - he says he's only able to eat 'purified food'. Actually, what he meant to say was 'purèed food'; food which had been liquefied 'purified food' would mean it had contaminants removed). Additionally, though not outright stated, Eddie says; it's his 'kidneys that are going bad', implying he's got either diabetes and/or is in need of a kidney transplant, and though sugar would be bad, having puréed (or even purified) food would in no way be beneficial - the puréed food would possibly be given if he had stomach problems, i.e., an ulcer, though the ordered diet would most likely be soft, bland foods. See more »


Sharkey: He's gonna send you a message in a lead envelope and you're dead!
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hard one to judge
30 June 2011 | by stones78See all my reviews

This episode started out strong, and has a very good cast including Howard Duff, Joan Van Ark(she of the very high eyebrows), Steve Landesberg, and Jack Riley, who you may recognize from Newhart. The biggest qualm was there wasn't that much Jim Rockford, especially the middle of the episode. Although it doesn't happen to me often with this fine show, I wasn't hooked in and it didn't grab my attention like normal; maybe it was because no one was who they seem, and the entire premise just seemed unrealistic to be able to pull off this major ruse. To add to this, Christine(Van Ark)even sells her father out at the end of the show, which seemed very pretentious. Most of this takes place on a shipping port, and there's hardly shots of the trailer or the beach, plus there's no Rocky or Dennis, which always adds flavor. It boils down to Marks(Duff)pulling a con on Jim early on and Jim returns the favor later on, but it was hard seeing Marks as an enemy to root against. I'm sure this won't be a popular review for the big Rockford fans, as I consider myself, but perhaps this episode was a bit too complex for me to get into and there were a few too many characters.

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