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.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Dennis Becker
Shana Bowie
Sheriff Billy Webster
Colonel Hopkins
Col. Daniel Hart Bowie
Sgt. Harvey Slate
Quenton Davis
Carol Vogel ...
Lt. Doug Fenton
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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21 November 1975 (USA)  »

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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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The Colonel's old scrounger
14 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

In this episode of The Rockford Files we learn something about Jim Rockford's service in Korea. What we learn was that he was a scrounger, a whole lot like the character he played in The Americanization Of Emily which incidentally is one of my top three James Garner films.

While fishing on the pier with Rocky, Jim Rockford gets a frantic television message from Frank Maxwell who was his old commander in Korea telling him to call him back at a phone booth he was at. Those days before cellphones. No Maxwell at the other end of the phone when he calls back. Later on Maxwell is reported killed in an automobile accident, but neither the army nor his daughter Jesse Welles believes that.

In fact she retains Garner for his usual fee to find out what happened. The viewer knows what happened from the beginning because Maxwell is shown facing his murderers. It should have been kept from our knowledge by the writers. It's the one weakness in the story.

It is some people on the base that Maxwell is the commander of and the soldier crooks have a really interesting scheme to smuggle military weapons off the base. In fact Mitchell Ryan is down from Washington to investigate this as well and he and Garner butt heads frequently.

That's nothing however to how Garner and gang member Charles Napier antagonize each other. Garner in fact seems to really like doing that.

The mystery of this show is what was going on. They should have not let us know who from the beginning.

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