The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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While investigating an insurance claim Jim accidentally stumbles into a gun smuggling operation.


Lawrence Doheny


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)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Michael Lerner ... Murray Rosner
James Luisi ... Lt. Doug Chapman
Ned Wilson Ned Wilson ... Robert Spiker
Simon Scott Simon Scott ... Gregory McGill
Ben Frank ... Fred Molin
Frank Maxwell ... Ciro Lucas
Jack Bannon ... Herbert Deane
Michael Mancini Michael Mancini ... Angie Pictaggi
Deborah Landes Deborah Landes ... Lillian Rosner
Harvey Vernon ... Jerry Leedy
Ricky Powell ... Junior Rosner
Luis Delgado Luis Delgado ... Officer Jack Billings


While investigating an insurance claim Jim accidentally stumbles into a gun smuggling operation.

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Release Date:

17 December 1976 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the 19:20 mark, when Rockford is staking out a blue sedan on 2200N Chestnut Street, there's man pulling a hose and dry sidewalk, the next scene a man is spraying the sidewalk with water, then next scene the hose is back to its original shape and the sidewalk is dry, and the man is gone. Then back to the man with hose spraying, then back to dry pavement. All in about 15 seconds. See more »


Dennis Becker: Make Lieutenant? I'll be lucky if I make the end of the week!
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Car chase double-switch
26 March 2009 | by bdp222See all my reviews

There is a scene toward the end of the episode where Murray is going to Chase Jim forcing him off the road. At the beginning of the scene Murray is driving the same red Galaxy 500 that he has been driving since the beginning of the show. After Jim takes off, we see a red car following Jim, however this car has suddenly become what appears to be a red Oldsmobile 98! Then, we see Murray at the wheel, cut back to Jim in his Firebird, and then when we switch back to Murray he's back in his original Galazy 500.

All in all, the show was very entertaining. Not as good as a Jimmy Joe Meeker, or some of the twisted Angel episodes, which are my personal favorites. This episode is not quite up to that caliber, but it holds your attention.

I like this departure from the way they normally cut into the action, starting out completely away from the normal "Rockford" setting - Not that James Garner looks out of place at a gym, however most episodes we see him coming to his house, where someone comes and hires him, or a friend gets him involved. In this case, we start right out in the middle of something and you might not even think that You're watching a Rockford unless you know that was what was scheduled for that time slot. We don't see Jim until a few minutes in, where we notice him doing some sort of leg-pull ups - 2 points for Jim exercising before exercising was cool!


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