The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Three Day Affair with a Thirty Day Escrow 

After being strong-armed by an Arab sheik and his goons, and getting no help from the police, Jim decides to track down the two people who caused his trouble: a soft-voiced gigolo and the sheik's naive daughter.


Ivan Dixon


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


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Episode cast overview:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Richard Romanus ... Sean Innes
Robert Alda ... Cy Margulies
Maria Grimm Maria Grimm ... Khedra Azziz
Gilbert Green Gilbert Green ... Talib
Joshua Bryant ... Deputy Chief Gorman
James Luisi ... Lt. Doug Chapman
Janis Paige ... Miriam
Andrew Masset ... Ishag
Maurice Sherbanee ... Ahmed
Socorro Swan Socorro Swan ... Concepcion
Richard Moll ... Ludes
James W. Gavin James W. Gavin ... Pilot (as James Gavin)


After being strong-armed by an Arab sheik and his goons, and getting no help from the police, Jim decides to track down the two people who caused his trouble: a soft-voiced gigolo and the sheik's naive daughter.

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Release Date:

10 November 1978 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The next Rockford appearance Richard Romanus would be, was in The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise (1995) almost 20 years later. See more »


When Chapman, Rockford, and Becker are standing on the front porch of the Aziz house, in the long shot they are standing in the full sunlight, as if the sun is low in the sky. When it changes to a close up, the are in shadow, as if the sun is suddenly much higher in the sky. See more »


Jim Rockford: Sean, you know what? I'm going to do something I've never done before. Usually I like to talk to a guy first. But with you, I'm gonna rap ya' right in the mouth.
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References Fort Apache (1948) See more »

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Rockford vs. Royalty
15 March 2012 | by stones78See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes that I felt started out slowly, but eventually regained form and gained steam towards the conclusion of the show. I would like to add that I wouldn't be in a major hurry to watch this again, as it isn't a favorite of mine, but there's enough interesting characters and developments which kept my interest. This time around, Rockford is on the search for a guy named Sean Innis(Richard Romanus), who is a whiny dude that wealthy women are oddly attracted to; one of those women is Miriam, played by Janis Page, who has a few funny lines and basically kicks Sean out of her mansion. I thought the chemistry between he and Rockford was surprisingly good, considering the guy does nothing but complain, and yet keeps telling Jim how great he is at attracting wealthy women, including one woman who's a married wealthy Arabian princess; her family is looking for her and Sean, and naturally, Rockford is involved. The best scene for me is after the 3 are detained by the powerful family, the woman is just about put on trial by her own father in front of several others, as he's disgraced by her affair and I believe she is sentenced to death in her country; it turns out that her husband was murdered by a crooked real estate agent, who's also detained. All the parties involved are aboard a plane headed to another country, while Rockford(give him credit for originality)sees an aerosol spray can and cooks it in a microwave before anyone is wise to him; soon after, the can explodes, the father supposedly dies of a heart attack perhaps, and everyone escapes by jumping out of the parked plane. As I said above, I liked the latter half much better, as it had more effective scenes. There's some nice shots of the Firebird, nice mansions, Dennis and Chapman, Night Court's Richard Moll, and one of those familiar faces in actor Joshua Bryant(Salem's Lot), who has a minor role as Chief Gorman, and you'll see him in several episodes of this great show. I need to mention a scene which seemed slightly lame, and that was at the beginning when Jim is kidnapped and taken to a hotel, where the wealthy father and his hoods were questioning him, yet Rockford does the usual "throw-one-guy-into-another" in order to escape, and when they chase him, he uses a hotel fire hose and knocks them to the ground. This is still a fairly solid episode with some interesting scenes which should make a fan of the show happy for the most part.

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