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THE

ROCKFORD

FILES

DEFINITIVE EPISODE Guide

 

 

Season FOUR, 1977 - 1978

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Executive Producer

Meta Rosenberg

Supervising Producer

Stephen J. Cannell

Produced by

David Chase

Chas. Floyd Johnson

Created by

Roy Huggins

Stephen J. Cannell

 

 

Executive Story Consultant:

Juanita Bartlett

Director of Photography

Andrew Jackson A.S.C

Music By

Mike Post

Pete Carpenter

 

 

A Roy Huggins  / Public Arts

In Association with Cherokee Productions

And Universal Pictures

 

 

James Garner wins Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Noah Beery is nominated for Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor

 

 


 

BEAMER'S LAST CASE

Transmission

16 September 1977

Production No

47509

At the Tone…

[Loud traffic noise in background] Jimmy, this is Angel. Listen, I've got this new pad right over by the Hollywood Freeway and some friends are coming. Borrow you record player?

 

 

Teleplay By

Stephen J. Cannell

Story By

Brooker Bradshaw

Calvin Kelly

Directed By

Stephen J. Cannell

 

 

Quote

“Hey, Jim or Jimbo like I told you”

 

Jim returns from his annual holiday to find his Firebird smashed up, his trailer lived in and messages on his machine threatening him.  Jim then receives a delivery of investigative electronic goods he did not order, but were paid for by his credit cards.   Jim goes to Manny Arturis, a cab company owner who left a message, and asks what he wants.  Arturis claims he hired a PI named ‘James Rockford’ who failed to do his job, so demands his money from Jim.  Jim goes to leave his car with his mechanic and is driven home by Fred Beamer, the mechanics gopher.  Fred is a big fan of ‘Detective Digest Magazine’ and tells Jim about it. When Jim returns home he finds Pedro E. Ramirez waiting for him.  Ramirez has bought the casino debt Jim owes to his holiday resort and gives him two days to pay.  Jim then visits Monica Steel, who hired ‘James Rockford’ to investigate her husband Ralph Steel.  Jim leaves before Ralph becomes suspicious.  Monica gives Jim a lead, she met the impostor at the Sand Pebble bar, so Jim has Rocky call there asking for ‘Jim Rockford’ and Jim goes in to find Freddie Beamer, wearing Jim’s clothes and paying for drinks with his credit cards.  Fred has developed a popular persona so calls on his bar buddies for help and runs off.  The owner takes Jim at rifle point and takes his wallet, in order to pay for the large bar tab Fred left.  Jim tells them that they could be accessories to theft and so is let go.  Jim goes home to find a mystery assailant has shot Fred.  In hospital Fred will not reveal his cases to Jim because of ‘client confidentiality’.  Jim presses charges.  Jim searches Fred’s apartment and finds out he was investigating bombed cabs for the cab company and listens to a tape.  Dennis informs Jim that Fred was released because he used the Detective Digest Lawyer.  Jim finds Fred at the Steel’s residence and Ralph threatens both of them.  Jim takes Fred and asks him about his investigations, particularly as Fred describes Phil ‘Golf Bag’ Moreno on one of his tapes.  Finding another credit card on him, Jim puts Fred on a bus up North to investigate Moreno claiming the mob are big in orange grove county.  While Fred tries to impress a woman on the bus, Jim contacts Ralph Steel, Ramirez and Arturis pitching some bait and then he and Dennis stake out Fred’s apartment but just as something is about to go down Fred suddenly reappears…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

James Whitmore Jr

Fred Beamer

Jack Kelly

Ralph Steel

Bibi Besch

Monica Steel

Cal Bellini

Pedro E. Ramirez

Special Guest Star

Robert Loggia

 

Manny Arturis

 

 

Howard George

Phil "Golf Bag" Moreno

Phil Hoover

Dallas Walker

John Davey

Delivery Man

Paula Victor

Receptionist

Arthur Eisner

Floyd Arturis

Raymond O'Keefe

Tony

Carlene Watkins

Girl on Bus

 

§         From this episode on, Angel, Beth, Rocky and Dennis all appear in the picture starting credits.   The pictures include (in order) Jim and Angel from Drought at the Indianhead River, Jim and Beth from Portrait of Elizabeth¸ Jim and Rocky from Gearjammers part 2 and Jim and Dennis from A Bad Deal in the Valley and Piece Work.

§         The end credits change from a still of Jim and Rocky to pictures of features from the episode.  (There are some early episodes, which vary from this, but it becomes the norm).

§         Jack Kelly is better known as Bart Maverick, playing opposite James Garner in Maverick.

§         Another appearance by Robert Loggia – who directed episodes of Magnum, Hart to Hart and Quincy ME.

§         James Garner is clearly physically thinner this season than in previous seasons.  He is less full in the face, has a receding hairline and has lost weight.

§         This episode does not feature Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin

 

 

TROUBLE IN CHAPTER 17

Transmission

23 September 1977

Production No

47508

At the Tone…

[Noises from large dog in background] Jim, this is Donna. Boy, we've really been swamped today. No, sit. We should close in about...sit. I'll meet you at...oh, get down.

 

 

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“No one would believe that, I’m known for my grace”

 

Ann Louise Clement, an author who has had threats made on her life, attempts to hire Jim as her bodyguard.  Jim is reluctant until someone fires a gunshot at Ann Louise.  Jim attempts to get the police involved but they refuse.  Later Jim is threatened by Bud Clement, who believes Jim and Ann Louise are having an affair.  Jim then tries to quit working for her until she mentions the threatening letters her publisher has.  At the Publishers office, Ann Louise falls down a flight of stairs, breaking her leg and claiming she was pushed.  Jim is suspicious of Bud and follows him to his secretary’s home – Jan Avery.  Jim witnesses him use a key, and sees a tall mysterious man leave.  Marty Bach, Ann Louise’s publisher visits her and while sat at her desk is shot and killed.  Bud and Ann Louise slate Jim as an inept bodyguard in the media.   Jim is questioned by reporters on the killing but Jim doesn’t know who Marty Bach is – but does now and has worked out that the first two attempts to kill Ann Louise where phoney – only the recent attempt – resulting in Marty’s murder has scared her.  Jim puts it to her that Bud is having an affair with Jan Avery- but she denies it.  While having a taco at a small eatery, someone tries to shoot Jim with a rifle.  Believing it to be Bud, Jim questions him on the murder attempts and his affair with Jan.  Bud then goes to straight to Jan to tell her everything, including where Jim is staying…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Ed Nelson

Bud Clement

Arthur Roberts

Jack Avery

And

Claudette Nevins

 

As Ann Louise Clement

 

 

Co-Starring

 

Donna Bacalla

Janet Avery

Tasha Martell

Marty Bach

 

 

Al Checco

Sam

Michael Laurence

2nd Reporter

Bob Navarro

3rd Reporter

Toni Berrell

Woman

Candace Howerton

Gloria

Mario Machado

1st Reporter

Scott Ellsworth

Zinberg

Michael M. Steele

Lyle Van Houghton

Molly Dodd

Daisy

 

§         This episode does not feature, Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin.

§         Claudette Nevins has a long list of guest starring roles in a variety of series.

 

 

THE BATTLE OF CANOGA PARK

Transmission

30 September 1977

Production No

47505

At the Tone…

It's Betty from up the street. I'm calling all the Neighbours because Spotty is loose. If you see him, call me. Oh, don't wear musk cologne. Leopards have a thing about that.

 

 

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

Ivan Dixon

 

 

Quote

“My guns been in that cookie jar a long time”

 

While searching for his binoculars, Jim suspects his new house cleaner, Viola Wenke has hidden them.  ON his way out, he is arrested for the murder of Robert Reidy – a local gas station attendant.  Lieutenant Diehl charges Jim, because the murder weapon was Jim’s 38’ pistol.  After posting bail, Jim investigates what could have happened to his gun and visits Viola and her son Leonard, who both denies any knowledge of the gun, but knew where it was kept.  Jim visits Reidy’s Gas Station, posing as a businessman wanting to buy it.  While talking to the attendant Jim spots a picture of Reidy in Korea – the Fifth Regimental Combat Team, which was also Jim’s regiment.  The attendant points Jim to Chalko’s bike shop and Jim talks to Chalko, who was a friend of Reidy’s.  Chalko’s assistant spots Jim, has Chalko contact Red Eye leader and that night Jim’s trailer is blown up with a grenade.  Jim narrowly escapes to spot a red truck and its licence plate.  Dennis reveals the grenade was surplus from Korea and the truck belongs to Lee Ronstadt, so they go to visit him.  On arrival they discover Lee Ronstadt is a she, with some strange political beliefs – such as the government selling water to the Arabs.  She tells them nothing so Jim has Rocky impersonate a magazine editor to contact Chalko who admits knowing Lee Ronstadt.  Next morning Chalko is transporting a truck full of Ronstadt’s dynamite to Canoga Park and blows himself up.  Dennis tells Jim, and Jim goes out to Canoga Park searching for clues under the eye of Hank Schlager and Brian.  They follow Jim to the hall of records where he finds out who owns the parcel of Canoga Park – Lee Ronstadt.  Jim is chased by Hank, and is forced to drive him off the road.  Later Jim, Dennis and Diehl have Ronstadt in custody and explode all the dynamite in Canoga Park.  Viola apologises to Jim as she found his gun in the cookie jar and told this to her supervisor – Hank Schlager.  She sort of apologises and demands that Jim apologise to her son Leonard…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Nora Marlowe

Viola Wenke

Adrienne Marden

Lee Ronstadt

John Dennis Johnston

Henry Schlager

Tom Atkins

Lieutenant Diehl

Special Guest Star

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport,

 

 

Elliott Street

Leonard Wenke

Ted Gehring

Walt Chalco

Brion James

Clamshell

Charles Hallahan

Brian

John Perak

Reidy’s Attendant

 

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.

§         The Rockford Files is Nora Marlowe’s last recorded television appearance.

§         The Rockford Files is Adrienne Marden’s last recorded television appearance.

§         Ted Gehring makes other appearances in the series.

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

SECOND CHANCE

Transmission

14 October 1977

Production No

47503

At the Tone…

This is Lowell Publications. Our records show you did not return your free volume of the Encyclopaedia Of Weather. So, we'll be sending you the remaining twenty-nine volumes. You'll be billed accordingly.

 

 

Written By

Gordon Dawson

Directed By

Reza Badiyi

 

 

Quote

“Bird-dogs are accessories, freebies are bad policy.”

 

Gandolph Fitch invites Jim to meet his new girlfriend; a nightclub singer named Theda Best.  Gandy has become her manager and is trying to get a record cut of her singing. That night Theda’s ex-husband Joe Moran knocks Gandy unconscious and takes Theda away.  Gandy hires ‘Rockfish’ to find her.  Jim learns from Dennis that Joe Moran murdered a plastics manufacturer and has just been paroled from a life sentence thanks to the ‘Second Chance Programme’.  Posing as a Zachary Lyons Jr, record producer, Jim meets with the Parole Agent who reveals that Joe works for the Shapiro Cleaning Company.  Posing as Don Bates of Phoenix Life & Casualty, Jim learns Moran’s address, but Shapiro is suspicious and sends his goons to pick him up.  A short chase ensues and Jim destroys their vehicle with a dumpster.  Jim goes to Moran’s address and tricks him away so he can talk to Theda.  She reveals that he is after the pawn ticket to her stereo and that she will be staying with her ex.  Jim tells Gandy this, but Gandy knocks Jim unconscious and takes the address from him.  Later Jim calls Dennis who reveals that Moran is dead and that Gandy is suspect for it.  While trying to find Gandy’s address he finds Gandy at Theda’s home and learns that Gandy got her stereo and that there was never a pawn ticket – therefore she has been protecting him.  They find a counterfeit poker chip set hidden in the stereo speakers, when Shapiro’s goons arrive.  A fight ensues, when Gandy persuades his friend ‘Rockford’ to help him find Theda and avoid the murder rap.  They go to the Cleaning company.  Jim goes into Shapiro and stalls claiming to want into the swindle while Gandy finds Theda and whacks some goons.  When Gandy storms into Shapiro office they stop the whole gang.  Later Gandy invites Jim and Theda to meet ‘Shep Monsey’ – a record producer who wants to sing Theda.  Jim spots his old friend Angel Martin straight away telling Gandy “you’ve just been conned by the worse in the business.”  Angel runs off with Gandy chasing him…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Isaac Hayes

Gandolph Fitch

Malachi Throne

Shapiro

Tony Burton

Joe Moran

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

Special Guest Star

Dionne Warwick

 

Theda Best

 

 

Sean Garrison

Lanark

Frank Christi

Brill

Richard Seff

Arnold Rose

Vivi Janiss

Pawn Shop Proprietor

Jack Garner

Bartender

Milt Oberman

Farnum

Janet Dey

Secretary

Rudy Diaz

Raul

Michael Jay Londo

Grazelli

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         Dionne Warwick appears and is the second of three singers to guest on the show (the others are Isaac Hayes - who is also in this episode - and Barbara Mandrell).  Although Dionne Warwick has appeared in a number of TV shows, but this is the only one that isn’t a family variety show and the only show where she doesn’t play herself.

§         Dionne Warwick clearly wears a necklace with the initial ‘DW’ throughout the episode [thanks to Harvy Gwelg for that snippet]

§         This episode does not feature Noah Beery or Gretchen Corbett

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

THE DOG AND PONY SHOW

Transmission

21 October 1977

Production No

47502

At the Tone…

Jimmy, Lou. You owe me five bucks. Manaraso's average in the '68 Series was .310 not .315. Oh and ah, Fran and I are getting divorced.

 

 

Written By

David Chase

Directed By

Reza Badiyi

 

 

Quote

“Why is this family plagued with mental illness?”

 

After Angel involves Jim in a swindle that goes wrong, which leads to a Court hearing, Jim and Angel are ordered to seek psychiatric help by the Judge.  At the sessions, Jim meets Mary Jo Flynn who believes she is being followed, but Jim declines the job.  That night Mary Jo encounters a burglar fighting with her dog in her apartment.  Jim agrees to take the case because she got a licence plate from a fleeing van.  Posing as a DJ from KLLB, Jim offers a monetary prize to Vic Cassell, a boutique owner and driver of the van.  He denies driving the van.  At the sessions Jim reports back to the other interested participates, when he learns Mary Jo was in the Los Brises Psychiatric Hospital.  Jim is shocked so she flees.  Next day two men stop Jim with guns in a vehicle that has a Los Brises sticker on it.  Jim escapes, damaging the Firebird and meets with Mary Jo and questions her about Los Brises.  She reveals she met a man named Joseph Bloomberg who claims to be an agent for the National Intelligence Agency.  Jim gets a name for an agent at the NIA Los Angeles office and claims to be a courier leaving a package for Agent Joseph Bloomberg.  This makes Agents Sandman and Kransy suspicious that a government operation is going on behind their backs so order surveillance on Jim.  Using Angel as a distraction Jim breaks into Los Brises to meet with Joseph Bloomberg when Angel sees him and reveals that he is ‘Joey B’ a mafia enforcer for the Lorenz family.  A chase ensues.  Angel reveals that Joey B married into the Lorenz family, who are headed by the eldest son Tommy.  Jim, Angel and Mary Jo write their wills and Jim goes to meet Tommy promising not to reveal the location of Joey in exchange for their lives.  The NIA are watching everything and are spotted and taken in.   Sandman and Kransy blow everything revealing their knowledge of Los Brises forcing Tommy to order their execution once he has Angel and Mary Jo.  He takes the trio to his factory, where Jim fights with Cassell and sounds the alarm.  The police catch Lorenz and his goons.  At the final session Jim and Mary Jo tell the whole story, much to the groups excitement.  Angel says nothing except expressing relief that the NIA did not find out about his gunrunning days, not knowing that he is still under NIA surveillance…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker,

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Joanne Nail

Mary Jo Flynn

Walter Brooke

NIA Agent Sandman

George Loros

Tommy Lorenz

Michael Bell

NIA Agent Krasny

Stuart Margolin

As

Angel

And

Ed Lauter

 

As Joseph Bloomberg

 

 

Gary Crosby

Beau

Al Ruscio

Vic Cassell

Howard Honing

Doctor Alan J Adler

Bill Quinn

Judge Raymond Ordonez

 

§         This episode does not feature Gretchen Corbett.

§         This is the first of two occasions when we see Angel’s car in the series.  The second is in Paradise Cove

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

REQUIEM FOR A FUNNY BOX

Transmission

4 November 1977

Production No

47511

At the Tone…

Mr. Rockford, Sue Ellen. Our class is having that crazy scavenger hunt I told you about. If you're wondering what happened to your trailer door, it's going to win me first prize.

 

 

Teleplay By

James S. Crocker

Story By

Burt Pretulsky

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“I want the lobster Kenny Bell”

 

After stealing his ex-partner’s comedy act live on stage, Kenny Bell almost gets into a fight with Lee Russo, his former partner, but Jim and Rocky break it up.  Kenny offers to take them to dinner but is called away so his wife Maxine takes them and convinces Jim to keep an eye on things, so follows Russo to a derelict house in the valley where he meets Paul Silvan, who reveals Russo’s room was bugged by Kenny.  When they leave Jim searches the house and finds the bug.  Next day Jim follows Paul Silvan at his work.  Later Kenny tells Jim his funny box (catalogue of jokes) has been stolen and asks him to pay the $10,000 ransom at Mulhulland.  Jim goes and finds Lee Russo dead and is arrested.  Lieutenant Diehl questions him with Beth, and is held in jail because Kenny Bell denies hiring Jim and claims there is no funny box.  Due to a discrepancy with the murder weapon, Jim is released the next day and discusses Paul Silvan with Dennis and learns Silvan is in organised crime.  Jim goes to Kenny having worked out that Kenny owns a 32” pistol (the murder weapon), which is missing.  Jim has worked out that Kenny bugged Russo’s room and stole the comedy act, and overheard some sensitive information.  Kenny reveals Russo was friendly with the mob, but says no more.  Jim meets with Lori, Lee Russo’s lady friend and chats to her about Lee’s life.  She tells him that Lee and Paul spend at lot of time together.  Jim works out that Lee Russo was having a homosexual relationship with Paul Silvan.  Meanwhile Paul Silvan talks with his father August Silvan who has had a call from Kenny, revealing the relationship.  His father is disgusted and demands it end.  Jim races to Kenny who is set to leave town, and tells him what he has learned.  Kenny reveals he knew Lee was gay for years, but had no idea about Paul Silvan. Now August Silvan wants Jim and Kenny dead to keep the shameful secret buried.  On their way to the Police Jim and Kenny are chased by Paul and his father’s aide unsuccessfully, so the aide kills Paul on instruction from his father.  Days later Kenny asks that the $10,000 be returned, but Jim says because Kenny is on record as saying there is no funny box, there is no money for Kenny…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Chuck McCann

Kenny Bell

Robert Quarry

Lee Russo

Jason Evers

Paul Silvan

Jodean Russo

Maxine Bell

Meredith MacRae

Lori Thompson

Tom Atkins

Lieutenant Thomas Diehl

Special Guest Star

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport

 

 

Gilbert Green

August Silvan

Thomas A. Geas

Waiter

Del Hinkley

Pogo

Hank Stohl

Officer

Joel Lawrence

Newscaster

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.

§         Final appearance by Tom Atkins as Tom Atkins as Lieutenant Thomas Diehl. He would return again in the movies as a Commander,

 

 

QUICKIE NIRVANA

Transmission

11 November 1977

Production No

47513

At the Tone…

Hey, I saw your ad in the classified. Three African goats for sale. I keep calling and all I get is a machine. Is that a typo in the paper, or what?

 

 

Written By

David Chase

Directed By

Meta Rosenberg

 

 

Quote

“We know the sound of two hands clapping, but what is the sound of one hand clapping?”

 

Sky Aquarian, a local hippie, asks that she use Jim’s telephone.  Unbeknownst to Jim he is being watched by two men from Sky’s work. When Jim goes out they follow him.  He pulls over and they ask where they can find Jane Patten.  Jim doesn’t know Jane Patten, but the men tell him she telephoned from his address.  Jim realises that Sky and Jane are the same person, and he doesn’t know where to find her. A fight ensues, so Jim puts their vehicle in neutral so it rolls down the hill and escapes.  Jim goes to Sky’s last address to find her.  The residents know her as ‘Gopi’ and say she must be at the Sun Fire Institute.  Jim travels up their, but his car radiator breaks down, so is forced to stop over in Place Rita. Hitching a ride Jim finds Sky at Sun Fire and meets Gordon Borchers, the leader.  Jim learns that Sky was supposed to deliver a package to the Venice Boardwalk for her boss – lawyer Alan Bayliss, but forgot to deliver it as it is still in the back of her car.  Jim opens the envelope to find it contains $25,000.  Jim wants to leave, but Sky want to stay for her ‘Pre-Death Ritual’, so Jim tells her not to tell anyone. Jim stays overnight in Place Rita while Sky has problems with pre-death.  Next day the pair returns to Rocky’s house and contacts Bayliss to ensure the money was returned to him.  Jim and Sky go back to his trailer where the two men stop them with guns telling Jim the package contained newspaper not money.  Jim tricks them claiming he has a big dog (named Sergeant), so he and Sky can escape.  They head back to Sun Fire because Sky told Gordon about the money, so Jim is convinced he took it.  They arrive at Sun Fire to find Gordon has left to go to India.  Jim goes to Dennis, who is working undercover at a food stand in town.  Dennis refuses to help, so Jim is forced to go to Lieutenant Chapman who goes with them to Bayliss – who denies the existence of any money.  Bayliss goes to Maceo Prentis, a singer and client – who is anxious about the missing money as it was to be used as a payoff for a man named Mac Grunning – a witness to Prentis killing a musician, who Prentis decides must be killed.  Jim and Sky follow up on the description Sky provides of who she was suppose to give the envelope too and learn it was Grunning.  They find him in his apartment, dead.  Lieutenant Chapman is not pleased with Jim’s theories behind the death and the money.  Over dinner Jim Gordon with Sky having learned he did not leave the country, so they go to a tennis club he frequents and find him there.  Jim forces Gordon to hand over the money and arranges a handover with Bayliss at Dennis’ undercover site.  When Jim is taken at gunpoint Dennis jumps to action and arrests them.  A few months later Jim meets Sky, now calling herself Hester who is handing out information Jesus, God and her new Church.

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker,

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Valerie Curtin

Sky Aquarian / Jane Patten / ‘Gopi’ / Hester

Kenneth Gilman

Alan Bayliss

James Luisi

Lieutenant Doug Chapman

Quinn Redeker

Gordon Borchers

Dick Anthony Williams

Maceo Prentiss

Larry Cook

 

 

 

Patricia Pearcy

Pavarthi

Carl Crudup

Eddie McBrair

Elta Blake

Ann

Aesop Aquarian

Cook

Michael Grandcolas

Panhandler

Dan Magiera

Conga Drummer

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         This episode does not feature Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin.

§         Valerie Curtin has appeared in a number of comedy shows, including a central character in the pilot of Three’s Company.

§         Officer Billings is referred to as “Todd Officer Billings”, different to when he was referred to as “Jack” previously.

 

 

IRVING THE EXPLAINER

Transmission

18 November 1977

Production No

47507

At the Tone…

So you put your machine on at night, huh? Just because I call you at 3 A.M.? You know how bad my insomnia is. Thanks a lot Jim.

 

 

Written By

David Chase

Directed By

James Coburn

 

 

Quote

“I don’t know what that means Fritz”

 

‘Karen Hall’, an author, hires Jim to find some people she wishes to interview for her book about Alvin Korper, an infamous director who died in a car accident in the late 1940’s.  The include, Julius Richards and Irving Patrick.  Jim searches for Irving Patrick at his Art Gallery but he is not there.  He finds Richards through the director’s guild, and he tells Jim about Alvin Korper , his movies and his friendship with Herman Goerring – the infamous Nazi general and how they stayed at ‘Karen Hall’ - Goerring’s summer home.  Jim is kicked out, and later kidnapped by two Germans who ask him about the Wattau.  Jim has no idea what the Wattau is, escapes them and finds ‘Karen Hall’ has checked out.  He then goes to Richards who has been attacked and left for dead, but he tells Jim about other characters in the story including Olivia Korper, who was having an affair with Patrick Parnell, and Raoul Sanchez who believed Olivia seduced his brother Julio.  Jim goes to Dennis who digs out the old case and gives him as much information as possible.  Jim tries to piece it together but is missing some vital information, and the whole story is a mess.  Later Jim finds a French car is following him; so he forces it of the road, only to learn it contains French Police Officers.  They all go to Dennis and Lieutenant Chapman and the French officers’ piece together the story regarding the missing Wattau painting from 1789 to the present day.  They continue the story at the café where they tell Jim that Karen Hall is actually Kathryn Korper, only daughter of Alvin Korper.  Jim thinks he understands, but in truth has no idea.  Jim hires Daphne, a doctorate student to link all the characters of case and assist in solving the murder of Olivia Korper and find the missing painting for the $10,000 reward.  Jim learns that Alvin Korper has a burial plot for Olivia in Rose Glade Memorial Park as well as a mansion.  Jim goes to the mansion, and finds Kathryn looking around.  After talking with Kathryn Jim discovers there as second burial plot for Olivia Korper at Park Dale Cemetery, so they agree to split the reward money.  When the Germans call again Jim takes them to the second plot where they find Alvin Korper’s famous movies, claimed to have been burned in the 1940’s and the Police find the Wattau painting at the first plot.  Later at Rocky’s, Jim is convinced he knows that Julio Sanchez murdered Olivia.  Suddenly Irving Patrick appears with the intent to kill Kathryn, but he has a heart attack and confesses everything; Irving murdered Olivia Korper intending to frame Raoul Sanchez, which was witnessed by a very young Kathryn.  Alvin Korper in fact murdered Julio Sanchez in a in the car accident that was said to have claimed him therefore Alvin Korper did not die in the car accident, he was alive and well until last year.  Jim convinces Irving to forget it as it was long time ago, but agrees to call the police if Irving explains it all, but he dies on Rocky’s lawn…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Barbara Babcock

‘Karen Hall’ / Kathryn Corper

Paul Stewart

Julius ‘Buddy’ Richards

Maurice Marsac

Chief Inspector Jean-Marc Giono

James Luisi

Lieutenant Doug Chapman

Irene Tsu

Daphne

Roger Etienne

Mage

Peter Von Zerneck

Ruprecht

Byron Morrow

Irving Patrick

Lester Fletcher

Gertler – Real Estate

Brooke Palance

Gilda

Alex Rodine

Willy Schindler

Shep Saunders

Desk Clerk

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         If you watch this episode, you may still require this episode guide to work out the twists and turns of the plot and the history surrounding the story!  (hence why the story is detailed in full).

§         Barbara Babcock appeared in Space Cowboys, which starred Clint Eastwood and James Garner.

§         This is the only episode that features the opening credits as yellow text over a black and white library footage reel of 1940’s Germany.

§         Veteran actor James Coburn directs this episode.  Although he himself did not gust star in the show, he has appeared in numerous films with James Garner, including The Americanisation of Emily, the Great Escape and the 1994 movie version of Maverick.  James Coburn died in 2002 – but The Rockford Files appears to be his only recorded directorial post in his entire career.

§         This is the first of two episodes that takes real events and people and places them around and as the content to story; here it is the Second World War, Hitler, Nazi’s and Herman Goerring. 

§         This episode does not feature Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin.

 

 

THE MAYOR'S COMMITTEE FROM DEER LICK FALLS

Transmission

25 November 1977

Production No

47506

At the Tone…

Jim? This is Manny down at Ralph's Bar. Some guy named Angel Martin just ran up a fifty-buck bar tab. Now he wants to charge it to you. You gonna pay it?

 

 

Written By

William R. Stratton

Directed By

Ivan Dixon

 

 

Quote

“We know how to handle bedroom bird-dogs like you”

 

Four members of the Mayor’s Committee from Dear Lick Falls, Michigan – Ed Benson, Kelso, Deitweiler and Jacobs - hire Jim to help them find new Fire Engines.  Ed Benson asks Jim to find his niece Lauren Ingeborg, an actress, to give her a profit sharing cheque.  Jim traces her to a theatre and goes to report to Benson.  Benson, Kelso, Deitweiler and Jacobs attempt to hire Jim to kill Lauren Ingeborg and offer him $5000 now and $15000 after.  Jim refuses, and has Dennis come to question them.  They deny the contract and threaten to take action.  Next day Jim is summoned to the Consumers Office and has his licence suspended.  Jim goes to Dennis who has found out that the men are stalwart citizens.  Jim meets Lauren and tries to convince her of the danger, but she does not believe him.  She sees advert in the paper which Benson places, and she meets her uncle anyway.  After a dinner Ed lets her walk into the road and is almost run down by a car, but Jim saves her.  She believes Jim and confesses she knows that the four men have falsified their taxes, so they go to the Police but Lieutenant Chapman does not believe the story, so Jim takes her to Rocky’s, who is trying to find Jim a new line of work with his licence suspended. Jim takes Lauren goes to the IRS office to make a statement, but they do not believe her – thinking it is done from malice on her and Jim’s part.   As they leave the Firebird’s brakes are cut and they almost crash.  Jim has Lauren makes a full statement on her own, and has Angel impersonate a Coroner claiming she died in her own vehicle in an accident.  They believe it, but Jim contacts Benson threatening them with the statement.  They agree an exchange; return of PI’s licence and money for the statement and they meet in a shopping centre. Because Deitweiler has a heart attack at the bank, they have no money so Kelso waits in the wings with a rifle and shoots, but Dennis and the police are on hand to stop and arrest them.  Jim reveals to Benson that Lauren is alive and well.  Later Lauren gives Jim the profit sharing cheque and manages to save his licence too, when Angel realises he could gain a reward for reporting a friend for tax evasion, so when Jim, Lauren and Rocky leave for dinner Angel checks through Jim’s tax records…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Edward Binns

Everet Alton ‘Ed’ Benson

Richard O'Brien

Arthur E. Kelso

Charles Aidman

Noah J. Deitweiler

James Luisi

Lieutenant Doug Chapman

Priscilla Barnes

Lauren Ingeborg

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

 

 

Jerry Hardin

Knute Jacobs

Richard Saunders

Samuel Rommey (IRS Office)

 

Mr Rankin (Consumers Office)

 

§         Priscilla Barnes played Della Leiter in the 1989 James Bond Movie License to Kill.

§         This episode does not feature Gretchen Corbett

 

 

HOTEL OF FEAR

Transmission

2 December 1977

Production No

47514

At the Tone…

Hey, am I too late for those African goats? Haven't got the whole three hundred cash, but, like I've got a whole lot of homemade cheese. Maybe we could work something out.

 

 

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

Russ Mayberry

 

 

Quote

“Am I my brother’s keeper?”           

“The answer to that is supposed to be yes…”

 

While collecting his mail from his new apartment building, Angel witnesses a man murder his neighbour Muriel – a prostitute.  When the man tries to shoot Angel, he runs straight to Jim, but the police find him.  Angel identifies Del Kane, a frequent syndicate assassin, in a police line up, and so Angel agrees to testify in exchange for police protection.  At a fancy hotel Jim visits Angel who is under guard from Lieutenant Chapman, and has a ghost author writing Angel’s life story.   Angel has the District Attorney hire Jim to ensure that Del Kane does not have a false alibi.  When Angel strays toward his hotel window, he is almost shot, forcing a change in his accommodation.   Angel is shocked to learn that Del Kane is out on bail – and the whole affair is being kept out of the newspapers.  Jim meets with Teddy - one of Muriel’s friends, who gives Jim some background information, stating Kane was easily jealous, hangs around with a gambler named Murray and tried to buy a gun from a man named Roach for an impending hit.  Jim meets with Roach at his usual spot: in the park with the pigeons.  Roach tells Jim that never sold a gun to Kane because Kane is a mental case and professional assassin.  Jim goes to Angel at his new hotel complaining about not knowing whom Kane is or that he is on bail. Angel receives some room service, but it contains a threatening message from Kane.  Angel gives evidence at Kane’s trial by Judge, but his evidence is ripped apart by the defence, particularly about his witness protection luxuries.  The Judge acquits Kane of the murder charge, and outside Angel begs with Kane and introduces him to Jim, but Kane simply writes down Jim’s car licence plate.  Jim is angry, so is Chapman, who refuses to give Angel personalised protection offering only jail.  Meanwhile Nova discusses Del Kane with Murray Riddel, stating he is crazy and kills anyone, so is unsafe to carry out the contract, but despite cancelling the contract Kane will still go through it to save his reputation.  Jim and Angel are hiding out at a motel when Rocky brings food and clothes.  Realising Rocky has been to his trailer Jim and Angel leave straight away and are chased by Kane but give him the slip and begin to chase Kane but they loose him.  Luckily Jim got Kane’s car number and meets Dennis in a bar to receive some information regarding the car which is registered to Murray Riddell, who worked for Louis Gaedel until they fell out.  Therefore the contract is on Gaedel, with Riddel as back up.  Jim and Angel go to Gaedel to warn him of the hit and that Riddel ordered it – but Riddel and Gaedel are working together again and deny the contract.  While leaving Angel makes a bet on a horse with Gaedel’s bookkeeper leaving Rocky’s phone number.  At Rocky’s, Angel receives his winning call, but Jim points out his winner was not the horse he backed.  Angel suddenly decides to separate from Jim and goes to Gaedel’s to find Riddel and Kane there ready to kill him, but want Jim too.  Tying Angel to a freeway bridge demanding information, Angel admits to Kane he could find Jim easily when Jim and the police storm in and arrest Kane.  Jim refuses to untie Angel because he is so stupid and predictable.  Later Angel’s author quits, and feeling nothing goes right Jim reminds Angel that at least he still has his life…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Gerald McRainey

District Attorney John Pleasance

Frank DiKova

Mr Nova

Vincent Baggetta

Murray Riddel

James Luisi

Lieutenant Doug Chapman

Madison Arnold

Del Kane

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

 

 

Eugene I. Peterson

Louis Gaedel

Barry Atwater

Roach (Arms Dealer & Pigeon Lover)

Barbara Rae

Teddy

Fred Carney

Howe

Stephen Coit

Thompson Welles (Ghost Writer)

James Whitworth

Krauss

Rene Djon

Waiter

Peter Forster

Judge Hovis

Sal Acquisto

Bailiff

 

§         This episode does not feature Gretchen Corbett.

§         Second appearance by Vincent Baggetta, who seems to land roles as gangsters!

 

 

FORCED RETIREMENT

Transmission

9 December 1977

Production No

47512

At the Tone…

*Beep* Hi, there. If you are interested in selling your product by a computerised telephone sales *beep* stay on the line and one of our representatives will speak with you.

 

 

Written By

William R. Stratton

Directed By

Alexander Singer

 

 

Quote

“He buys his oil at the gas station just like everyone else”

 

When Beth finds a burglar in her home going through her legal papers, she is shocked, so he hits her.  Jim agrees to investigate the subject of her papers – the Minerva Project. Next day posing as Jimmy Joe Meeker, Jim meets with Chris Jinks, the president of the company, who shows Jim the blueprints to a prototype underwater machine.  Susan Keniston, the engineer returns and kicks Jim out.  Beth meets with Susan, her old school friend revealing her concerns of the project, particularly about chief investor Richard Lessing and his aide Virgil Chesky.  Jim meets Beth, who is having a hard time at the office, and says he can go no further.  Next day Beth is driving Jim’s car, which is rammed into by Virgil in a truck.  Beth sprains her neck, and agrees to fund Jim so he can continue the investigation posing as Jimmy Joe Meeker.  Jim meets with Richard Lessing, who is annoyed by Jim so checks him out.  Next day Jim bursts into Minerva having made himself an investor and takes Susan to dinner at a fancy restaurant.  While he is there he meets Angel, who is pulling a scam of silverfish in his food.  While the restaurant manager questions Jim about Angel and Jim covers for him, Angel sells Jim out to Susan for $100.. Jim meets with Chris before he flies away in his private bi-plane, but the plane crashes into the ocean and Chris is killed.  The police arrest Jim as primary suspect as it was no accident, and because he misrepresented himself.  Beth gets him out, and later interrupts a board meeting of her firm Harcourt & Lowe with the Minerva team.  Jim looks into Richard Lessing and discovers he as known as Paul T Grisham, and that his last projects all folded due to insurance scams. Jim also learns that Chris was heavily insured (a motive for murder0 and that Lessing has Susan insured for one million dollars.  Jim goes to the testing of the Minerva Project early next morning to warning Susan, but Lessing overhears and shoot ensues, Lessing is knocking into the river and the police arrive.  Later, Jim, Beth, Susan and Angel share a pizza when Beth announces she is leaving Harcourt and Lowe to set up her own private law practice.

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Larry Hagman

Richard Lessing  (Paul T. Grisham)

Margaret Impert

Susan Keniston

Denny Miller

Christopher Jencks

Ron Masak

Virgil Chesky

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

Special Guest Star

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport

 

 

 

 

William Joyce

Sumner Harcourt

Conrad Bachman

Curt Rundstedt

Derek Murcott

Maitre d'

John Davey

Sergeant Jacobsen

Doug Hale

Restaurant Manager

Bill Hart

Benish

 

§         Larry Hagman went on to play the ruthless oil baron JR Ewing in Dallas, and is the third Dallas regular to appear on the show.

§         Ron Masak took over from Tom Bosley as the Sheriff of Cabot Cove, Mort Metzger in Murder, She Wrote

§         This marks the final series appearance for Gretchen Corbett as Elizabeth Davenport. She is mentioned later in the series but not seen again until If the Frame Fits…  This story should transmit towards the end of the fourth seasons run, after The Attractive Nuisance.

 

 

THE QUEEN OF PERU

Transmission

16 December 1977

Production No

47519

At the Tone…

Jim, it's Grace, at the bank. I checked your Christmas club account. You don't have $500. You have $50. Sorry, computer foul up.

 

 

Written By

David Chase

Directed By

Meta Rosenberg

 

 

Quote

“My heart goes where the wild goose goes…“

 

Acting as a consultant, Jim goes with Stephen Kalifer of Boston Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, to attend a meeting with some thieves to discuss the ransom for the priceless Borland Diamond.  They agree a price, time and place and return to Kalifer’s office.  Kalifer is not impressed with Jim at all calling him a “lolly-gagger”.  Meanwhile Ginger and Lou find Mike, who gets shot and Donny, who runs away.  They take Mike hostage and continue to look for Donny, as they want a piece of the Borland Diamond.  Donny hides the diamond in Jim’s barbecue.  Next day Jim wakes up to find a Camper parked outside containing the Wronko family; Carl, Dot, Shareen and Sean – on holiday from Peru.  Later Jim and Kalifer attend the meeting place with the million wearing t-shirts and trousers.  They get a call from Donny on a pay phone, moving the meeting.  They go and learn that Donny hid the diamond in the barbecue.  Jim races back to find the Wronko family has stolen the BBQ.  Jim contacts Kalifer who panics and so Donny hits him and takes the money.  Kalifer demands that Lieutenant Chapman arrest and hold Jim, so Jim is held overnight.  Next morning Jim learns the Insurance Company have fired him so talks to Skip, the local lifeguard for find out where the Wronko’s have gone.  He gets a direction and goes after them.  Meanwhile Carl finds the BBQ in the Camper trunk, because Sean stole it, but instead of returning it, he tips out the ashes containing the diamond and moves on.  Ginger and Lou beat up Skip to obtain a lead on Jim learning of his search for the Wronko’s, then kidnap Kalifer to understand why Jim is chasing the family.   Jim uses the CB Radio to try and find the Wronko family and finds them at a caravan site.  When the Firebird is damage Carl agrees to drive Jim back for a piece of the recovery.  On the way Ginger catches up with them and shoots at them, so Jim forces them off the road.  With the diamond safely returned Carl learns that because he works for a company linked with Boston Casualty, he does not qualify for the reward.  Jim is smug about it, until the Camper is damaged and forced to stay a little longer…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Sergeant Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

George Wyner

Stephen Kalifer

Ken Swofford

Carl Wronko

Christopher Cary

Ginger Townsend

James Luisi

Lieutenant Doug Chapman

Joe E. Tata

Mike Trevino

Luke Andreas

Lou

Special Guest Star

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport

 

 

Hunter von Leer

Skip Speece

Susan Davis

Dot Wronko

Jennifer Marx

Shareen Wronko

Michael Morgan

Sean Wronko

Paul Cavonis

Donny Waugh

Jack Garner

Hubbard

 

§         We learn Lieutenant Chapman is a member of the National Guard in this episode.

§         This is the first of two occasions where Jim is hired and fired by Boston Fire and Casualty.

§         George Wyner, Ken Swofford, Joe E. Tata and Luke Andreas have all appeared in the series before and will do again. 

§         Hunter von Leer plays Skip in The Attractive Nuisance

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.

 

 

A DEADLY MAZE

Transmission

23 December 1977

Production No

47521

At the Tone…

Hey, Jimmy, I tried to catch you before you left.  Hey, buddy, I was wrong. That rally in Mexico, it was yesterday.

 

 

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“Let me ask you a question - just answer true or false: I like my front teeth”

 

Jim is hired by Mr Eric Albach to find his missing wife Tracy, giving him a wedding photograph from 1968. Jim is reluctant; as Mr Albach is emotionless but Mr Albach offers a larger fee, states his wife has emotional problems and a licence plate of car that has been watching his home.  Claiming his car was hit; Jim has Dennis run the plate and traces it to the home of Max Savatgy.  Jim goes to his home and believes he hears a woman screaming being taken away.  Jim finds a bloody apron in Savatgy’s trashcan and has Dennis run it through the lab.  Jim goes to Mr Albach, who is angry that Jim has involved the police, and his conversation with Mr Albach is recorded.  Jim also wants to drop the case, but Mr Albach convinces him further with an even larger fee and information that his wife could be committed.  Jim accepts on the understanding he goes to the police if the apron does have human blood on it.  Jim returns to his trailer to have Max Savatgy, a butcher, meet him and threaten him.  That night Jim goes to Albach’s office and finds Mrs Tracy Albach using the telephone talking to someone the Alvarado – a bar. She claims it is her husband is “insanely jealous”, and talks about her affair Max Savatgy, then orders Jim to stay away.  She leaves then Jim sees her being grabbed and taken away by a man in a white car.  At home Jim receives a call from Mr Albach and quits the case.  Jim believes the wedding photo is a phoney and concludes he cannot stay out of the case.  He goes to the Alvarado and talks to George, the owner and learns Tracy’s address, sees the killer and finds Tracy dead.  Jim explains the case to Dennis, and discovers her name is Tracy Markette.  Jim goes to Mr Albach’s office, and finds the place empty, so is forced to find a clue in the buildings trash.  In it he finds a receipt for some lab animals and goes to the proprietor who tells Jim he sells rats to Doctor Eric Von Albach, a behavioural psychologist at the University.  Jim goes to the University and finds Doctor Von Albach talking with two students and listening to Jim’s conversation with Albach on tape.  Jim tells Albach that Tracy – who was actually a prostitute, is dead.  Albach reveals Jim was unwittingly part of a behaviour experiment.  Jim takes Albach to George and learns that Tracy frequents the home of former movie star Billy Baines.  Jim and Albach goes to see Billy Baines, but his driver Phil DeAgusta takes them at gunpoint, admitting to the murder.  Baines takes out a hidden gun and Jim chases Phil and catches him.  Over dinner Albach bursts into Jim’s home determined to salvage his research, but Jim threatens to take his teeth instead…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Larry Linville

Professor Eric Von Albach

J. Pat O’Malley

Billy Baines

Corrine Michaels

Tracy ‘Albach’ Markette

Lance LeGault

Phil DeAgusta

 

 

Johnny Seven

George

Cliff Carnell

Max Savatgy

Jack Collins

Victor Kreski

John McKinney

Nick Commandini

Ken Anderson

Ted Posner

Gail Landry

Student Receptionist

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         Larry Linville appears in this episode fresh from his stint as Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns in the TV comedy M*A*S*H.

§         This episode does not feature Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin.

 

 

THE ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE

Transmission

6 January 1978

Production No

47520

At the Tone…

Jimmy Scott? This is Aunt Bea from Tulsa.  Cousin Randy just graduated high school and wants to be a movie producer.  Now you live out in Hollywood, you just do something.

 

 

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

Dana Elcar

 

 

Quote

“If it’s any consolation to you mister, Elliot Ness was on of my childhood idols”

 

It is the grand opening of ‘Rocky’s Summit’, Rocky’s new roadside restaurant which e opens with a partner Vince Whitehead.  Unfortunately business is a little slow, and on trying food Jim discovers that Vince is putting lots of garlic in the food.  That night while at the Sandcastle Jim finds that a man has fallen off the roof of his trailer, which has a telescope on the roof.  Ambulance chasing Attorney Don Silver is quick to the scene, collecting names of witnesses and goes to the hospital with the victim.  Beth tells Jim that the victim, Bruce Weinstock has the grounds for an attractive nuisance lawsuit.  Jim is apologetic and remorseful, but can’t understand what Weinstock was doing on his roof.  That night Jim sees a mystery old man poking around ‘Rocky’s Summit’ and tries to stop him, but Vinnie, Vince’s nephew who is guarding the property, shoots at them both, letting the old man escape.   That night the old man threatens Rocky, who goes straight to Jim.  The old man has Bennie follow Jim, who goes to Weinstock’s home and find that he has lots of electronic bugs.  Bennie’s goons attack Jim, but Jim escapes.  Jim goes to Weinstock, who confesses that he was placing the bug for a man named Ed LaSalle.  Jim goes to LaSalle’s motel, finds a receiver for the bugs and that he enjoys eating dog food.  LaSalle bursts in and arrests Jim at gunpoint telling Jim that Rocky is partners with a gangster - Vincent Coppa-Bianco meaning “Whitehead” taking him to the FBI.  The FBI let Jim go because LaSalle is not a serving agent – he is retired, after working with Elliot Ness in the 1920’s.  Jim agrees to work with LaSalle to protect his father and learns Vince Coppa-Bianco deals in stolen cars, stripping them for parts in the property behind the restaurant.  They go there and are caught by Vinnie – known as ‘Crazyhorse’.  Vince orders them killed, but Rocky is suspicious and so calls the police and storms the place in a semi-rig.  Although he has a defence Jim looks to be successfully sued by Weinstock who is not critically injured as he claims.  Rocky goes back to talking with the old and advising the new drivers at the trucking yard…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Victor Jory

Ed LaSalle

Ken Lynch

Vince Whitehead (Vincent Copa Bianco)

Dick Balduzzi

Don Silver (Attorney)

Special Guest Star

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport

 

 

Hunter von Leer

Skip Speece (Lifeguard)

Rudy Bond

Bennie

John Morgan Evans

Vinnie (Vincent’s nephew)

Jess Nadelman

Bruce Weinstock (injured victim)

Jean Fitzsimmons

Joy Silver

Joe Tornatore

Sid

Paul Sorenson

Inspector Claybourn

Jerome Guardino

Hank (Bartender at Sandcastle)

Joseph Della Sorte

Dave Young

Will Gill Jr

FBI Agent

Ann Gee Byrd

Woman on the Beach

Richard Doyle

Paramedic

 

§         This episode does not feature Joe Santos or Stuart Margolin.

§         While Gretchen Corbett appears Beth Davenport, common sense orders would suggest this episode should be seen before Forced Retirement.

§         Dana Elcar, who previously appeared in The Great Blue Lake Land and Development Company in Season 2, and later became Pete Thornton in MacGyver in the 1985, directs this episode.  Elcar became blind 1991 but continued moderate acting.  He has directed other shows, including MacGyver.

§         Victor Jory is a veteran actor with a 43-year career.  He guest starred in a number of TV shows, but The Rockford Files is his last recorded acting role.

§         Ken Lynch appeared in McCloud, as well as guest starring in a number of other TV shows.

§         LINE OF IRONY; at the end of the story when Beth says that Joy Silver should ‘break a leg’ at her acting audition for Universal, Jim replies that then Joy and her attorney husband Don Silver could sue Universal for damages.  James Garner was forced to sue Universal for his share of the profits in The Rockford Files at the end of the shows run.

§         This is the second episode that takes real events and people and places them around as the content to story; the first was Irving the Explainer, here it is Elliot Ness, the Anti-Prohibition King.

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

THE GANG AT DON'S DRIVE - IN

Transmission

13 January 1978

Production No

47516

At the Tone…

Jim, I have finally finished twelve long years of psychotherapy and I'm now able to tell you just what I think of you. Would you please call me?

 

 

Written By

James S. Crocker

Directed By

Harry Falk

 

 

Quote

“I couldn’t get past chapter four”

 

Jack Skowron, author of the bestseller “Freefall to Ecstasy” hires his old friend Jim Rockford to assist him with research for his second book.  He and Jack are investigating some prominent community members who are connected by the restaurant they used to frequent and the death of a student on a yacht in 1962.  They go to the marina to meet the captain of the yacht, but he attacks Jack, but Jim intervenes.  Jack takes Jim to dinner, but when they return to his hotel Jack is attacked by two thugs, and when Jim intervenes, Jack runs off.  Next day Jim finds jack in the hospital, and when the Doctor tells Jim that Jack’s alcoholism is harming his liver and will kill him, Jim feels obligated to help his friend.  After he is discharged Jack moves in with Jim, but when Jim drives Rocky to his trailer the two thugs, who have kidnapped Jack, attack them. Jim files a report with Dennis, but the police department are distracted by a robbery of a bank, so Jim gets nowhere.  Jack is taken by the thugs who want him to stop pursuing his book and threaten to push him over a building to contemplate things like Rollo - the protagonist in his book.  Jim meets with Jean Winslow and questions her – scarring her, Stan Collier and Porter into wanting Jim out of the way so they hire an assassin know as the Cowboy.  Jack meanwhile has been released, has taken his things from Jim’s trailer and gone to the airport – he has accepted a bribe and will not write his book. Jim finds him when Jack confesses his book is not a “where are they now” or a expose on drugs as he previously claimed, it is supposed to solve the mystery of the dead student, the case Jack’s father – a policeman was investigating.  Jim leaves, but is taken to the bathroom by the Cowboy, who is set to kill Jim when Jack bursts in and stops him.  Jack has started work on the book and is no longer drinking, but as they leave for dinner at the sandcastle, Jim skims through Jack’s notebook to find drawings…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery as, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Anthony Zerbe

Jack Skowron

Mills Watson

Stan Collier

Casey

Robert Atcheson

Dick Bakalayan

Porter

Arlene Golonka

Jean Winslow - Rosenthal

Elaine Princi

Jo Ann

 

§         We learn in this episode that Jim used to lay carpets for a living with Jack in the late fifties.  The carpet company was called ‘Carpet Town’.  James Garner also layed carpets as early employment with his father.

§         Anthony Zerbe (pronounced Zer-bee) starred as Lieutenant Trench in Harry-O and has appeared in such films as Star Trek: Insurrection where he played Admiral Dougherty, and the James Bond film Licence to Kill, in which he played doomed boatman Milton Krest.

§         This episode does not feature Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin.

 

 

THE PAPER PALACE

Transmission

20 January 1978

Production No

47522

At the Tone…

This is Mrs. Owens with the Association For A Better Malibu. Thanks for your contributions. We've made great strides, but it would help dear, if you could move your trailer.

 

 

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

Richard Crenna

 

 

Quote

“Its getting late – its almost eight o’ clock  - but I’m hungry”

 

Streetwalker Rita Capkovic is arrested, and Dennis is called to process her out of jail.  She is upset because she has known Dennis for 15 years but aren’t really friends.  Dennis invites her to dinner with Peggy, Jim and the Lofts.  When Sid Loft makes a disparaging remake regarding prostitutes, the meal is ruined.  Jim takes Rita home, when she states eh is being followed by a car.  When Jim spots the car he dashes back, saves Rita and is beaten up by two French thugs.  They call Dennis, who can do nothing, so Rita hires Jim.  Jim takes her to Maggie, her friend, to hide. On arrival they meet Burton Woodruff, Maggie’s deceased husband’s partner. Maggie explains that although the goons speak French they could be French-Canadians, like her husbands hockey team; Ottawa Otters which he used to own. Jim stakes out Rita’s apartment using a tape recorder.  Rita returns from shopping to see the goons break into Maggie’s and kill her.  Jim takes Rita to Rocky’s and contacts Dennis, who mentions hockey and tells them the car was stolen.  Lieutenant Chapman catches Dennis running a plate and hauls Jim, Rita and Dennis into his office to tell them to stay out of it.  Jim and Rita go to the Ottawa Otters office in a Canadian building and follow Burton Woodruff from there to a party.  Jim cons his way in and questions Woodruff.  That night at Rita’s Jim hides as a mystery figure appears – but it is Sid Loft, then the goons appear again, taking Jim and Rita and gunpoint when Dennis and the police burst in from the kitchen.  It is discovered that Woodruff as skimming from the Otters fund, and after inheriting Maggie’s estate which includes the fund, Rita tries to give gifts to Dennis and Peggy who refuse, and Jim who is in a tricky situation when offered a new car…

 

Starring James Garner

Guest Stars Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Special Guest Star

Rita Moreno

 

As Rita Capkovic

David Lewis

Burton Woodruff

Bruce Kirby

Sid Loft

Patricia Donahue

Eleanor Loft

James Luisi

Lieutenant Doug Chapman

Pat Finley

Peggy Becker

Rena Assa

Jeannot Tunier

Shirley O'Hara

Maggie Gillson

James Jeter

Officer McRainey

Norwood Smith

Henry Helpern

Gene Scherer

Rudy Ganbe

Jack Garner

Al Guello

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         Rita Moreno won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Single Performance for this the first of her three appearances in the show.

§         We learn in this episode that Lieutenant Chapman used to work in the Vice Squad, where he met and arrested Rita on a number of occasions.

§         This episode does not feature Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin.

 

 

DWARF IN A HELIUM HAT

Transmission

27 January 1978

Production No

47524

At the Tone…

Here's the tally, Jimbo. You had Atlanta at even money, tough break. And you got bombed in the Duke-Wake Forrest fiasco.  And you split the quadelle at Holly Park. So you in the book for $450.  Anytime before Friday, huh, buddy?

 

 

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

Reza Badiyi

 

 

Quote

“A fix – at the Paris at dawn party?  Another dream shattered!”

 

Jim receives a mysterious telephone call making threatening Jay, his dog and his girl.  Jim goes to Lieutenant Chapman who doesn’t care, so looks up the name in the phonebook, discovering the call was meant for a Julius ‘Jay’ Rockfelt.  Jim goes to the address and finds the dog poisoned so takes it to the vet.  He goes back and saves Carol Lansing from some thugs.  She takes Jim to Jay at the ‘Paris at Dawn Party’, where the thugs follow them, forcing them to getaway on the bus.  Jay confesses that Gianni Tedesco wants to kill him because of a misunderstanding about Gianni’s birthday party bill. Jim leaves them alone, but gets another call – this time wanting ransom for the kidnap of Jay’s sister.  Finding Jay at his parent’s house, Jim has Jay contact his parents to come home from holiday to fund the ransom.  Jay attends the exchange at the Bus Station – to be kidnapped by Gianni and taken to a warehouse.  Jim follows and catches them.  After the dog is discharged, Carol decides to dump Jay, and after the dog bites Jay, the dog dumps him too!

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery

 

 

Guest Stars

 

John Pleshette

Julius "Jay" Rockfelt

Rebecca Balding

Carol Lansing

James Luisi

Lieutenant Doug Chapman

Gianni Russo

Gianni Tedesco

Milton Selzer

Irving Rockfelt

Rick Springfield

Keith Stuart

Ted Markland

Mel

Scott Ellsworth

Norman Appet

Robina Suwol

Amy Rockfelt

Bea Silvern

Edith Rockfelt

Mary Nancy Burnett

Susan

Marie Reynolds

Janique

Robert Mayo

Santo

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         John Pleshette appears again in Black Mirror.  He also starred in Knots Landing and is its second regular of that show to appear on the Rockford Files.

§         Rock singer Rick Springfield makes a guest appearance in this episode as Rock star Keith Stuart.  Springfield made numerous guest star appearances in a number of seventies TV shows.

§         Rebecca Balding was a series regular in sit-com spoof Soap.

§         This episode does not feature Joe Santos, Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin.

 

 

SOUTH BY SOUTHEAST

Transmission

3 February 1978

Production No

47523

At the Tone…

Bill Skelly with ICO.  I'd like to interest you in some new private detection equipment, including the 44OA telephone bug. We'll demonstrate it in a friend’s home for one full week at no charge.

 

 

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“You’re a little fast too, do you want to back up, start all over again?”

 

At his trailer one morning Jim finds he has received more incorrect mail addressed to Terance Halsey.  Then Federal Agents collect him and take him to the airport, giving him a passport and calling him Terence Halsey.  Despite Jim’s arguments and proof of identity, the agents put him on the plane, which takes off.  Jim reads the Halsey brief, which is to set up a meeting between Halsey and Christine Van Deerlen, a famous jet setter.  The plane lands in a mystery country where Jim is collected and taken to Agent Sam Gurolla, who knows Jim is not Halsey.  Jim learns where he has landed, and about the mission – particularly that Halsey is an old school friend of Christine.  In order to savage the operation Jim is instructed to meet with Christine, and so arranges a car accident to steer her away from a fashion photography shoot and her husband John Van Deerlen.  He convinces her to talk to Gurolla, but at the meeting place John Van Deerlen’s goons attack, forcing Jim and Christine to flee and take a bus somewhere.  Jim talks more and buys dinner but is arrested by the police for kidnap.  After being released Jim learns from Gurolla that the operation has ended, but Jim is concerned for Christine’s life so gate crashes a party to find Christine is being fed arsenic and has John arrested.  Christine is indebted to Jim and ants to see more of Jim, but Jim explains that his weekly fee is equivalent to one of her haircuts, and that a relationship will never work.

 

Starring James Garner

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Dorrie Kavanaugh

Christine Van Deerlin

Don Chastain

Jon Van Deerlin

Carlos Romero

Sam Gurolla

Don Diamond

Coelho

Jim B. Smith

Whittaker

Isaac Ruiz Jr.

Jorge Sanchez

Bert Rosario

Mexican Driver (for ‘Mr Halsey’)

Mark Roberts

Agent Kleinhoff

George Clifton

Agent Mallardi

Jim Scott

Agent Ben Bast

Eric Mason

Emiliano Rivera

Don Dubbins

Agent Frazee

David Pansari

Bodyguard

Rob Clotworthy

Tommy

Yolanda Marquez

Hotel Operator

Gloria Dixon

Party Guest

 

§         The Episode and title are clearly an ode to the film North by Northwest, which starred Cary Grant in similar circumstances – portraying a person he is not, in place he has never been, for some American Spies.

§         This episode sees James Garner flying solo, because Noah Beery, Joe Santos, Gretchen Corbett and Stuart Margolin do not feature.

 

 

THE COMPETITIVE EDGE

Transmission

10 February 1978

Production No

47504

At the Tone…

Okay, Jimbo, Dennis. I know you're in there. And I know you know it's ticket season again. Policeman's Ball and all that. So come to the door when I knock this time. I know you're in there.

 

 

Written By

Gordon Dawson

Directed By

Harry Falk

 

 

Quote

“”

 

While investigating on behalf of Barry Brauder, a banker alleged to have stole millions of dollars who subsequently disappears, Jim looks into the exclusive executive Alphian Club posing as a Jerry Vanders, a newspaper writer, and discovers many of the affluent members are using drugs.  After Jim’s identity is discovered and he annoys the members, in particular Herbert Brinkman, and Lester Shaw, Jim is drugged and taken to a mental Institution ran be Doctor Carl Brinkman.  After three weeks on tranquillisers, Jim is allowed to fraternise with the other inmates and finds Barry Brauder, drugged up.  Jim participates in a game of cards with Doc Holiday, Rhino, the mute Jax Player and Jon Doe, cheats on behalf of Doc and mixes it up between the inmates and staff in order to learn the routine. Jim arranges an escape using saved concealed tranquillisers.  Jim, Barry, Doc and the mute Jax Player escape in a truck but are caught by the sheriff.  Doctor Brinkman claims they are all crazy after Jim puts his case, but the mute Jax player suddenly speaks declaring he is a journalist who will win the Pulitzer prize for his groundbreaking story.

 

Starring James Garner

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Stephen Elliott

Doctor Herbert Brinkman

Jim McMullan

Barry Brauder

Robert Hogan

Lester Shaw

John Fiedler

“James Bond”

Nellie McQueen

Joyce Brauder

George Murdock

“Doc Holliday”

Pepper Martin

Gustav

Logan Ramsey

Doctor Carl Brinkman

John Lupton

Marty Sloan

Harold Sakata

“John Doe”

Anthony Charnota

Jax Player” – the Mute

Dennis Fimple

“Rhino”

William Boyett

Morris

Jack Garner

Sheriff Delbert Bassett

Charles Howerton

Councilman Moore

Dick Gjonola

Security Guard

Barbara Leigh

Sylvia

Sandy Newtown

Gail

 

§         The second in a row for James Garner going solo, as this episode does not feature Noah Beery, Joe Santos, Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin.

§         Harold Sakata played Odd Job, in the James Bind Film ‘Goldfinger’.

§         This episode, along with Just a Coupla Guys, ranks as my two least favourite episodes of the entire run.

 

 

THE PRISONER OF ROSEMONT HALL

Transmission

17 February 1978

Production No

47510

At the Tone…

That number four you just picked up from Angelo's Pizza? Some scouring powder fell in there. Don't eat it. Hey, I hope you try your phone machine before dinner.

 

 

Teleplay By

Stephen J. Cannell

David Chase

Story By

Mary Ann Rea

Chas. Floyd Johnson

Directed By

Ivan Dixon

 

 

Quote

“You’ve got a 3.5 grade average and no Mag-Geister?”

 

Paul Douglas races away from the Kai Alpha fraternity at the University straight to Jim’s trailer, but is chased and taken away by other students.  Jim returns to find Paul’s car and so calls his mother Valerie – a good friend, and also contacts Paul at the Fraternity house, but something is wrong.  Posing as the Kai Alpha president Jim demands to see Paul at the Fraternity house but is driven away by excuses. He goes to the Journalism School at Rosemount Hall and meets Lesley Callahan, his tutor – but she can offer no information.  On his way out Jim is tricked into a classroom by a girl who screams leading other male students to believe she was attacked, so they hit Jim. At the medical school Jim is warned by Max Gilmore, security chief to stay away or else be identified as the alleged university rapist.  Jim goes to Paul’s apartment and meets Lesley again and learns the pair had a relationship. He also finds tapes hidden.  Jim, Lesley and Valerie go to Dennis, who reveals Paul was found dead.  At the funeral Machmoud and Khadaffi who are investigating the disappearance of the Prince of their county who went missing take Jim away.  Jim gives them his theories and the tapes.  The Kai Alpha house admit Paul’s death by accident as part of the induction of pledges, but Gilmore is becoming concerned because he and other students killed Paul after he stumbled onto their kidnap and attempted ransom from the Prince, who died of a heart attack.  Jim goes back to Lesley and the pair return to Rosemont Hall to collect the tapes of evidence Paul stored.  Gilmore attempts to kill them both, but Machmoud and Khadaffi shoot him instead and hand him over to the police.  Lesley finishes Paul’s story and solely credits Paul, but Jim insists she puts her name as co-author as Paul would have wanted.

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Frances Lee McCain

Lesley Callahan

Kenneth Tobey

Max Gilmore

Joyce Easton

Valerie Douglas

Danny Ades

Machmoud

Maurice Sherbanee

Khadaffi

Barney McFadden

Bert Hannan

Bill Thornbury

Paul Lowe Douglas

Paul Coufos

Thomas Tate

Ric Carrott

Pledge Miller Claussen

Buck Young

Jake Sands

Michael Swan

Cal Morris

Kathy Richards

Judy

Julia Ann Benjamin

Melinda

Douglas Ryan

Herb

 

§         This episode does not feature Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin.

 

 

THE HOUSE ON WILLIS AVENUE

Transmission

24 February 1978

Production No

47597

At the Tone…

Good morning, this is the telephone company. Due to repairs we're giving you advance notice that your service will be cut off indefinitely at 10 o'clock. That's two minutes from now.

 

 

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

Hy Averback

 

 

Quote

“I think somebody killed Joe Tooley and if you’re working on the same hunch I think maybe we ought to pool our resources…”

 

Joe Tooley is kidnapped by employees of Garth McGregor and subsequently is said to have died in an accident on the freeway.  Jim attends his former mentor’s funeral, puzzled by the fact that Joe never drove on the Freeway, then goes to Tooley’s office where he finds a pair of glasses in Tooley’s office next to a slip of paper with the address 144 Willis Avenue on it.  After Jim attends Tooley’s office, fellow PI Vern St Cloud breaks in to steal some work from the deceased, only to by caught by McGregor’s employees who have the office under electronic surveillance.  Vern is taken to McGregor who gives him a lie detector test. 

Jim meets and meets young PI Ritchie Brockelman in the Public Gallery of the Council’s debate Hall, where Al Steever is arguing with Councillor Tom Nardoni.  Ritchie is convinced that Tooley was murdered because the dead body was missing a plate in his leg.  They find the 144 Willis Avenue address is empty except for a large computer bank and air conditioner.  Jim and Ritchie impersonate computer experts and go to the Computer Credit Centre to find out who owns the property on Willis Avenue.  They discover ‘John David Russell’ owns it.  Jim and Ritchie visit Tooley’s last client, Al Steever who is investigating the corrupt city councillor Tom Nardoni and the building work he has ordered in Deadlock Canyon.  By this time Garth McGregor and his employees are following Jim in a county vehicle and try to kill them on the roads.  Hiding out at a motel Jim and Ritchie decide which would be better; to run away to Carbo-St-Lucas or investigate the county garage…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Jackie Cooper

Garth McGregor

Simon Oakland

Vern St Cloud

Howard Hesseman

Al Steever

Philip Sterling

Tom Nardoni

Robert Hogan

Sergeant Ted Coopersmith

John van Dreelen

 

Special Guest Stars

Pernell Roberts 

 

B.J. Anderson

And

Dennis Dugan

 

As Richie Brockelman

 

 

Russell Thorson

Arthur Kenner

Hank Brandt

Mr Davis

Brett Hadley

Computer Operator

Ben Wright

Derek Halsted

Tom Stovall

Baker

Brian Culhane

2nd Deputy

Paul Fix

Joseph Tooley

Irene Tedrow

Mary Tooley

Lou Krugman

Sam Detonis

 

Billy Merrihew

 

Smithy

 

§         Dennis Dugan had a brief series as Ritchie Brockelman PI by Stephen J. Cannell and Steven Bocho.

§         Second appearance of Simon Oakland as Vern St Cloud and second series acting appearance by Jackie Cooper (he also directs episodes.)

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin or Gretchen Corbett

§         Ritchie makes reference to a “Trucking scam” (obviously Gearjammers) and the “Financial Dynamics case” (Profit and Loss, although it was Fiscal Dynamics in that story). Both events are referred to as taking place “last year”, when in truth they took place over 3 years ago.

§         Part 1 features a blooper for both parts and credits Director of Photography Andrew Jackson A.S.C during starting credits as well as the end.  Part 1 closes with a picture from the final scene with Jim and Ritchie in the motel.

 

 

THE HOUSE ON WILLIS AVENUE

Part II

Transmission

24 February 1978

Production No

47598

At the Tone…

Sonny, this is Dad. Never mind giving that talk on your occupation to the Grey Power Club. Hap Dudley's son is a Doctor and everybody'd sorta... well, rather hear from him - but thanks

 

 

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

Hy Averback

 

 

Quote

“Where’s Brockelman?”

“Oh, it’s not my turn to watch him!”

“I see you’re gonna keep us in stitches…”

 

Previously…

Joe Tooley is kidnapped by employees of Garth McGregor and subsequently is said to have died in an accident on the freeway. 

Jim attends his former mentor’s funeral and goes to Tooley’s office where he finds a slip of paper with the address 144 Willis Avenue wriiten on it. 

Vern St Cloud steps into Tooley’s office but is caught by McGregor’s employees who have the office under electronic surveillance. 

Vern is taken to McGregor who gives him a lie detector test. 

Jim meets Ritchie Brockelman in the public gallery of the Council’s debate hall. They find a large computer bank and air conditioner at the 144 Willis Avenue address. 

Jim and Ritchie visit Tooley’s last client, Al Steever who is investigating the corrupt city councillor Tom Nardoni and the building work he has ordered in Deadlock Canyon. 

Garth McGregor and his employees are following Jim in a county vehicle and try to kill them on the roads…

 

Jim and Ritchie look into the county garage and learn it licensed to a ‘David John Russell’.  Going back to the Credit Computer Centre Jim and Ritchie discover the names turn out to be a code words used by McGregor’s Company.  Jim moves his trailer away from Paradise Cove while McGregor arranges for the pair of PI’s criminal records to be electronically amended to include more arrests.  The police now want Jim and Ritchie; namely Sergeant Dennis Becker and Sergeant Ted Coopersmith, the PI’s police contacts.  When they find Vern St Cloud in Ritchie’s office, he retells his experience.  Jim breaks into Tooley’s office again, tripping the alarm, is caught by B.J Anderson and is taken by to talk with McGregor on his helicopter, who orders Jim is killed.  Ritchie hides in the cargo hold and overcomes the crew.  Jim and Ritchie follow McGregor Deadrock Canyon to an underground silo with a mass of computer date banks, and bust the whole conspiracy wide open…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Jackie Cooper

Garth McGregor

Simon Oakland

Vern St Cloud

Howard Hesseman

Al Steever

Philip Sterling

Tom Nardoni

Robert Hogan

Sergeant Ted Coopersmith

John van Dreelen

 

Special Guest Stars

Pernell Roberts

 

B.J Anderson

And

Dennis Dugan

 

As Richie Brockelman

 

 

Russell Thorson

Arthur Kenner

Hank Brandt

Mr Davis

Brett Hadley

Computer Operator

Ben Wright

Derek Halsted

Tom Stovall

Baker

Brian Culhane

2nd Deputy

Larry McCormick

Newscaster

Lou Krugman

Sam Detonis

 

Smithy

 

Secret information centres, building dossiers on individuals exist today.  You have no legal right to know about them, prevent them or sue for damages.  Our liberty may well be the price we pay for permitting this to continue unchecked.

Member

US Privacy Protection Commission

 

§         This the first of only two occasions when Jim has his trailer moved from its usual location, here he moves it to a Forrest.

§         Dennis Dugan had a brief series as Ritchie Brockelman PI by Stephen J. Cannell and Steven Bocho, which also starred Robert Hogan as Sergeant Ted Coopersmith.  This is Robert Hogan’s second appearance this season.

§         Second appearance of Simon Oakland as Vern St Cloud and a second acting appearance by Jackie Cooper (he also directs episodes).

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin or Gretchen Corbett (although Jim does try to telephone Beth without success).

§         Part 2 unusually features a “previous episode reminder’ segment before the title credits and even more unusually, the main title theme playing over in the closing credits.