The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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When an army colonel is murdered after contacting Rockford, Rockford is forced into the middle of a conflict involving military police, military thieves and the colonel's daughter.


Jeannot Szwarc


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




Episode complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Jesse Welles ... Shana Bowie
Charles Napier ... Sheriff Billy Webster
Mitchell Ryan ... Colonel Hopkins
Frank Maxwell ... Col. Daniel Hart Bowie
William Boyett ... Sgt. Harvey Slate
Harvey Gold ... Quenton Davis
Carol Vogel Carol Vogel ... Terry
John Kerry ... Lt. Doug Fenton
Kenneth Washington ... Guard
Eddie Firestone ... Dwight Davis


When an army colonel is murdered after contacting Rockford, Rockford is forced into the middle of a conflict involving military police, military thieves and the colonel's daughter.

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In this episode we learn Rockford was wounded and was awarded the Silver Star in Korea. See more »


Although it is not mentioned explicitly, there are a number of references, especially to the town of Seaside, suggesting that the base where Col. Bowie (Frank Maxwell) was stationed was Fort Ord, which was located near the Monterey County town of Seaside in central California when this episode was made. At one point Rockford also tells Billy Webster (Charles Napier) that he's "in town for Colonel Bowie's funeral." The scene at the end that is supposed to be at that funeral, however, was actually filmed at the Wayfarers Chapel, which is located several hundred miles to the south in Rancho Palos Verdes near Los Angeles - there is even a plaque identifying the church as the Wayfarers Chapel visible behind Rockford and Shana (Jesse Welles) as they stroll nearby. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Maria: Jim, it's Maria over at the laundromat. There's a yellow dress in with your things... Is that a mistake or a special handling... or what?
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Rockford's war
25 April 2012 | by stones78See all my reviews

This solid episode has Jim's old Colonel desperately trying to reach him as two crooked men in different uniforms are hunting him down, but he's unsuccessful, and shortly after is found dead in what is called an auto accident. It doesn't take his daughter and Rockford long to figure out that he was murdered, and it turns out the reason was because he was getting wise to the fact that those around him were smuggling guns with a certain millimeter(5.56), although I forget who's receiving the guns; the theft also includes help by morticians revolving around coffins. As we find out later, even though Rockford wasn't a huge fan of the murdered man, it turns out that Colonel Bowie(Frank Maxwell)saved his life during the Korean War, and Jim feels an obligation to Bowie and his daughter Shana, played by Jesse Welles. Watch for good performances by Charles Napier, who plays a crooked cop, and Mitchell Ryan, who plays Colonel Hopkins, an old comrade of Bowie's and gives Rockford the support and help he'll need to crack the case. Rocky and the Firebird only make brief appearances. Some scenes look filmed near or at an army base, plus there's a cool helicopter scene when Jim, Hopkins, and others eventually capture the bad guys. This wasn't the most memorable episode to me, but was still solid enough for recommendation for any fan.

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21 November 1975 (USA) See more »

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