The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job: Part 1 

When a corrupt businessman uses extortion to force Richie Brockleman's father to sell him his business for a paltry amount, Richie goes to Jim for advice on how to get back at him with a con job.


William Wiard


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


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker (credit only)
Robert Webber ... Harold Jack Coombs
Trisha Noble ... Odette Lependieu
Pepper Martin ... Harry Steel
Gary Crosby ... Larry Litrell
David Hooks David Hooks ... Frederick Doyle
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Harold Gould ... Mr. Brockelman
Kim Hunter ... Mrs. Brockelman
Dennis Dugan ... Richie Brockelman
Salt Walther Salt Walther ... Vern
Stanley Brock ... Cowboy Mickey Martell
Jack Collins ... Dr. Wetherford


When a corrupt businessman uses extortion to force Richie Brockleman's father to sell him his business for a paltry amount, Richie goes to Jim for advice on how to get back at him with a con job.

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Release Date:

3 March 1979 (USA) See more »

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Color | Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the 24 minute mark, Rockford talks to Odette before she gets in her car to leave. The car is an ultra rare 1978 Pontiac Trans Am K-Type show car built in Italy by Pininfarina and delivered to GM in late 1977. It still exists today, the only one of its kind in the world. See more »


Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: [rummaging around in the stuff in the back of the truck that's going to the Good Will] If you don't help that boy's daddy, I'm gonna be mad at you!
Jim Rockford: Yeah, well life's full of bitter disappointments, Dad! I have a question for you. Why are you doing poking around in there again?
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: Well I gotta question for you too! Where did this toaster come from?
Jim Rockford: [becomes sheepish] That toaster...? Oh... that's the one you gave me for Christmas...
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: [indignant] Yeah! Thirty-four dollars and seventy-five cents!
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Alternate Versions

This episode, "part 1", along with the following episode #5.21, "part 2", exists also as a single 2-hour episode, running 95 minutes without commercials. It omits the closing credits at the end of part 1, the "previously on" pre-credit sequence at the beginning of part 2, and the opening credits of part 2. See more »

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9 February 2009 | by luannjimSee all my reviews

The commenter who called "Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job" an homage to THE STING was on to something; I would add only that THE STING should have been half this good. This two-parter, taken as one feature-length episode, is quite simply the best single installment of the best private eye series in the history of television.

Jim Rockford was always at his best (from the viewpoint of the series' audience) when he was running a scam on someone ("There's One in Every Port" was another winner), and here he runs a game to end them all, helping his pal Richie Brockelman (Dennis Dugan) get half a million bucks from a cutthroat businessman who bilked it out of Richie's father (Harold Gould, the one cast member who was also in THE STING). A pox on anyone who spoils one word of this one; suffice it to say there are games within games, and it's a swell ride all the way.

Special kudos to writer Juanita Bartlett, too.

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