The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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This Case Is Closed 

Jim travels to Newark, and draws the attention of organized crime and the FBI. The FBI is protecting Jim's target because he is a former federal witness. The target is found dead, and Jim's client has some explaining to do.

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Roy Huggins (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joseph Cotten ... Warner Jameson
Sharon Gless ... Susan Jameson
James McEachin ... FBI Agent David Shore
Fred Sadoff ... Howard Kasanjian
Joseph Della Sorte Joseph Della Sorte ... Torrance Beck
Norman Bartold ... Hollis Cotton
Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine ... Lt. Larry Pierson
Del Monroe Del Monroe ... Vic
Jude Farese Jude Farese ... Harry
Stuart Nisbet ... Bartender (as Stu Nisbet)
Geoffrey Land ... Mark
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Jim travels to Newark, and draws the attention of organized crime and the FBI. The FBI is protecting Jim's target because he is a former federal witness. The target is found dead, and Jim's client has some explaining to do.

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1974 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Luis Delgado is seen in 2 uncredited roles in this episode. First, as the driver of the red convertible which Jim taps on the bumper at the parking lot, and then as 'Louie', at the taco stand. See more »

Goofs

An American flag can be seen in the background of the F.B.I office. (38Min 50sec into part 2), It is oddly colored with dark red in place of the blue field and rust color for the red stripes, possibly a prop flag from the black and white days when odd colors were substituted to make the grey-scale image look more natural. See more »

Quotes

Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford: Did you know that there's only 3 Rockfords in the phonebook? There's you and there's me, and there's that guy from Detroit who got beat up because they thought he was you.
Jim Rockford: The little guy with the broken glasses?
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford: Uh-huh.
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Alternate Versions

There exists an edited version of this episode, down to 73 minutes without commercials, shown sometimes in syndication as a 90 minute episode with commercials. See more »

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References Airport (1970) See more »

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tediously overlong
9 April 2015 | by grizzledgeezerSee all my reviews

I haven't seen every episode of "The Rockford Files", but it was a consistently high-quality program, with Jim investigating all types of crimes, not just the implausible murders that make most other crime shows generally unbelievable.

Of course, every series has poor episodes, and this one (along with its second part) is a, if not the, series' low point.

The problem isn't the story, which has the Feds trying to keep Jim from learning the truth about a man Joseph Cotton (yes, that Joseph Cotten) doesn't want his daughter to marry. There's only one logical reason why, but Stephen J Cannell's smart dialog effectively distracts the viewer.

A lot of distraction is needed, as this is a five-pound story packed in a ten-pound sack. (Yes, you read that right.) It's spread over two episodes, with plane flights, long car rides, and Jim being repeatedly kidnapped. One suspects this was done for budgetary and/or scheduling problems (not unlike Star Trek's "The Cage").

It's a tedious bore, and the brisk, tight ending suggests that the rest of the original screenplay must have been a lot tighter.

Of course, any "Rockford Files" episode is better than the best episodes from just about any other crime series. But this one is far from the series' best.


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