The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The No-Cut Contract 

A minor league football player drags Jim into his troubles.


Lou Antonio


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




Episode complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Gretchen Corbett ... Beth Davenport
Dick Butkus ... Dick Butkus
Rob Reiner ... Larry 'King' Sturtevant
Wayne Tippit ... Agent Dan Shore
Milt Kogan ... Norman
Sharon Cintron Sharon Cintron ... Sharon
Gene Tyburn Gene Tyburn ... Bill
Barbara Flicker Barbara Flicker ... TV Coordinator
J. Jay Saunders ... Agent Prizer
Mary Angela Shea Mary Angela Shea ... Lisa (as Mary Angela)


A minor league football player drags Jim into his troubles.

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16 January 1976 (USA) See more »

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The chase through the drive-in theater took place at the Pickwick Drive-In in Burbank which was torn down about ten years later and replaced with a Von's Pavilions and a shopping center. Garner clearly is having a great time driving through the drive-in. See more »


When the hitmen in the black sedan follow Rockford and Sturtevant, one of the hitmen puts a silencer on a revolver. A silencer works by muzzling the gases released from the detonating propellant, which reduces the amount of noise and visible muzzle flash generated by firing. Silencers are typically constructed of a metal cylinder with internal mechanisms to reduce the sound of firing by slowing the escaping propellant gas, which would be impossible on a revolver, since the propellant gas can escape in any direction from the open revolving cylinder. See more »


Larry 'King' Sturtevant: [at police HQ where Rockford is being held on suspicion of murder, thanks to a football player from a minor league whom no one has ever heard of] And then I held him at, ah, gunpoint for ten, fifteen minutes, and then you guys showed up.
[he nods his head at Beth, who is staring at him blankly]
Larry 'King' Sturtevant: Hi.
[he turns back to Becker grinning]
Larry 'King' Sturtevant: Will you take a look at her! She's so starstruck she's speechless!
Police Det. Dennis Becker: [ignores that comment] Is that everything? The whole statement?
Larry 'King' Sturtevant: Yeah, yeah thats it.
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References Once Is Not Enough (1975) See more »

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1 October 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

More often than not Jim Rockford gets dragged into some hair raising situations through no fault of his own. Sometimes he's not even working on a case and gets dragged in. And even though Angel is on the scene in this one, he didn't even have nothing to do with the particular situation in this episode.

Sometimes modest advertising is better because Rob Reiner playing the star quarterback of some minor professional football league, gets himself in some hot water over some tapes he's made involving organized crime. So what does he do, but pick Rockford out of phone book and says this private he's hired has the incriminating tapes. After a pair of leg breakers visit him, James Garner has all he can do to convince the Feds, the local LAPD, and and the mob he's got nothing to do with nothing. In the end he has to involve himself to clear himself.

Reiner is truly a low life, a person with no character at all who's got an ego telling him he's another Jim Kelly or Johnny Unitas. The scene where he's trying to pick up Gretchen Corbett who is in a police station is priceless. She's there representing Garner after he's been arrested for a murder that Reiner clumsily tried to frame him for. Corbett finds Reiner's charm, eminently resistible.

Stuart Margolin as Angel is on the periphery of this episode and for once he's not the cause of Garner's problems. Still at the beginning he's asking Garner with a con about selling a race horse who is the long lost son of Secretariat. Now that looked like a great plot premise for a Rockford Files episode.

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