The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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White on White and Nearly Perfect 

Handsome, charmed PI Lance White (Tom Selleck) may speak lines that sound like they're from a 1940s B movie, but everyone is so attracted to him they hang on his every word. That is, everyone except Jim.

Director:

Stephen J. Cannell

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Tom Selleck ... Lance White
Jason Evers ... Brad Davies
Frank Christi Frank Christi ... Vincent (as Frank R. Christi)
James Luisi ... Lt. Doug Chapman
Peter Brocco ... Meyer Ziegler
Bill Quinn ... Armand Teasedale
Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine ... Augusto DePalma
Raynold Gideon ... Tuner Watson
Jay Rasumny ... Manolo
Karen Austin ... Veronica Teasedale
Carolyn Calcote Carolyn Calcote ... Angela
Julienne Wells Julienne Wells ... Bell LaBelle
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Handsome, charmed PI Lance White (Tom Selleck) may speak lines that sound like they're from a 1940s B movie, but everyone is so attracted to him they hang on his every word. That is, everyone except Jim.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1978 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor ®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Rockford's D.O.B. is 7/14/1929 according to a close up of his driver's license, which makes him a year younger than James Garner. See more »

Quotes

Lance White: No I promise to stay out of the way this time. You've got the job, the one being paid. I'm just here as a friend.
Angela: [in complete adoration] I think it's wonderful that Lance cares for others. It's why everyone loves him.
Jim Rockford: Yeah, well we got snarled up in a case in August. I ended up doing ninety days on a county honor farm.
Lance White: Well I'm sorry about that Jim. I had my clients' interest to protect, and you did break into that hotel room.
Jim Rockford: What client? Who were you working for? Nobody ever seemed to know.
Lance White: ...
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Referenced in Frasier: Door Jam (2003) See more »

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Rockford at His Best
18 August 2006 | by zsenorsockSee all my reviews

One of the all time best episodes of the series and one that got Tom Selleck his role on "Magnum". When Rockford is hired to help recover the missing daughter of a millionaire industrialist, he finds himself saddled with private investigator Lance White (Tom Selleck). White is just the opposite of Rockford--successful, smooth, admired by cops and women of all descriptions. In fact his whole life and investigatory style seems to be something right out of a TV show or a detective novel...which of course drives Rockford crazy with aggravation. This is a terrific episode and features great performances not only by Garner and Selleck, but the entire supporting staff, as well as the director (watch the way he shoots the scene where Chapman questions White--true "Dragnet" framing!). White was such a popular character they brought him back for another episode before he went on to do "Magnum".


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