The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs: Part 1 

Jim rubs shoulders with royalty when a princess hires him because she believes someone is trying to kill her friend (Lauren Bacall).

Director:

William Wiard

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
Lauren Bacall ... Kendall Warren
Dana Wynter ... Princess Irene Rachevsky
Carmine Caridi ... Tommy Manette
Ed Nelson ... Blake Sternlight
James Luisi ... Lt. Doug Chapman
Corinne Camacho ... Linda Hassler (as Corinne Michaels)
Michael Lombard ... August Fairfield
Leo Gordon ... Charlie Martell (as Leo V. Gordon)
Christopher Thomas Christopher Thomas ... Freddie Danzig
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Jack Garner Jack Garner ... Capt. McEnroe
Robert Dunlap ... Repairman Craig

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Storyline

Jim rubs shoulders with royalty when a princess hires him because she believes someone is trying to kill her friend (Lauren Bacall).

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TV-PG
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Trivia

There were rumors that Garner and Lauren Bacall were romantically linked around the time of this episode's filming in 1979. Garner had separated from his wife, and Bacall guest starred on this episode of The Rockford Files. Garner denied the rumor and said it was the pressures of the show which led to the months-long separation from his longtime spouse. He soon got back together with his wife and remained with her permanently, though he did work with Bacall a year or two later in two movies. Ironically perhaps, in the second of those movies, The Fan (1981) they played ex spouses. See more »

Goofs

During the last few minutes when Rockford is just about to park at home light stand equipment can be seen reflected in the rear quarter panel of his car. See more »

Quotes

Jim Rockford: You said you wanted to see me Dennis?
[Angel waves at Rockford]
Jim Rockford: Did you call me in because of him? I'm in the middle of a murder investigation.
Dennis Becker: And I'm right in the middle of my night off. Your friend Mr. Martin here thought you might be able to shed some light on how he happens to be housing eight Shetland ponies in a residential garage.
Angel: Jimmy, they got everybody including the Humane Society on my case. It's a three car garage, there's plenty of room, I even left a light on.
Jim Rockford: I don't have time ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The title is introduced in a staggered fashion. As patrons drive up to a restaurant's valet station, the word "Lions" appears when an elderly couple in a Rolls Royce drive up; then "Tigers" when a couple drive up in a Ferrari 308; then "Monkeys" when a wild costumed couple arrive in a modified Duesenberg convertible; and finally, "Dogs" when Rockford and his date appear in his gold Pontiac. See more »

Alternate Versions

The previous episode #6.2, "part 1", along with this episode, "part 2", exists also as a single 2-hour episode, running 96 minutes without commercials. It omits the "next on" sequence and closing credits at the end of part 1, and the "coming up" preview, opening credits, and "previously on" sequence at the beginning of part 2. See more »

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Bogie's Baby
23 September 2006 | by zsenorsockSee all my reviews

Bacall's back and Rockford has got her! James Garner played detective Phillip Marlowe in "Marlowe" in the 1960's and Lauren Bacall played opposite Hunphrey Bogart who played Marlowe in "The Big Sleep". In addition, apparently Garner and Bacall had been seeing each other around this time (she also co-starred with Garner in Robert Altman's ill-fated "HealtH") so its no wonder they have a good amount of chemistry in this two parter.

Unfortunately, the story is a bit of a mess as Bacall plays Kendall Warren,the friend of a Princess (Dana Wynter from "Sink the Bismark")who appears to have had a attempt on her life. The resolution is pretty good, but in stretching the story out to fill two full episodes, it just kills the pace despite the chemistry between Bacall and Garner and the welcome presence of regulars like Angel, Dennis and Lt. Chapman. If they'd have boiled this down to one show or kept it tighter in a 90 minute episode, this would have been much better.

I'm only sorry Kendall never met Rockford's old lawyer Beth Davenport. The fur would have been flying!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs: Part 2 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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