Sep. 13, 1974
60 min.
NBC TV Network

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The Rockford Files

Jim Rockford is a private investigator who lives and works out of his trailer in Malibu, Los Angeles. Convicted of a crime he didn't commit, Jim spent five years in San Quentin before being pardoned and released. Jim is helped by friends and allies, including father Rocky, pal police lieutenant Dennis Becker, his ex-cellmate Evelyn "Angel" Martin, and his defense attorney Beth Davenport.

The Rockford Files Season 4 (1977-1978)

4x01 4 4x01 Beamer's Last Case
Jim returns home from vacation ten days early and owing $600 to a Caribbean casino. When he gets there he finds his car destroyed and a lot of angry clients he never agreed to work ...
Sep. 16, 1977
4x02 4 4x02 Trouble in Chapter 17
Ann Clement has made herself wealthy writing books that purport to teach women how to make their marriages work. But in the age of feminism, there are those who don't want to hear what ...
Sep. 23, 1977
4x03 4 4x03 The Battle of Canoga Park
On the way to the ball game, Jim's day goes real bad when two squad cars full of policemen arrive at his trailer, to arrest him. And he has no idea what he's supposed to have done. ...
Sep. 30, 1977
4x04 4 4x04 Second Chance
Gandolph Fitch rolls back into Rockford's life. He's found true love, a woman named Theda he met purchasing some used stereo equipment. She has a fine singing voice and Gandy invites ...
Oct. 14, 1977
4x05 4 4x05 The Dog and Pony Show
Angel gets Jim in trouble again – this time, Angel hides some stolen silverware in Jim's trunk, and the pair of them wind up with mandated psychiatric counseling. There Jim meets ...
Oct. 21, 1977
4x06 4 4x06 Requiem for a Funny Box
A slimy comic hires Jim to retrieve a tape from his former partner but doing so gets him involved once again with mobsters.
Nov. 04, 1977
4x07 4 4x07 Quickie Nirvana
Jim lets acquaintance “Sky Aquarian” use his telephone and his mailing address as a favor. That might be a bad idea, because a couple of thugs come looking for her. Jim tracks Sky ...
Nov. 11, 1977
4x08 4 4x08 Irving the Explainer
The legacy of a famous director haunts Rockford as he digs into the man's past and discovers Nazi sympathies and a missing painting worth millions.
Nov. 18, 1977
4x09 4 4x09 The Mayor's Committee From Deer Lick Falls
A group of small-town citizens are hiding a much bigger crime when they hire Rockford first to find their fire truck—and then to find and dispose of one of their former residents ...
Nov. 25, 1977
4x10 4 4x10 Hotel of Fear
Slimy Angel Martin is the prosecution's key witness against a hit man and he's milking it for all it's worth but when things go awry and the defendant is acquitted, it's once again ...
Dec. 02, 1977
4x11 4 4x11 Forced Retirement
Corporate corruption comes bubbling to the surface when Rockford investigates a company creating an offshore drilling device and then has his cover blown when he meets up with Angel ...
Dec. 09, 1977
4x12 4 4x12 The Queen of Peru
A dangerous beachside transaction between Rockford and some jewel thieves has a change of fortune when a family barbecuing nearby happens upon the priceless gems.
Dec. 16, 1977
4x13 4 4x13 A Deadly Maze
The pressure is on when a bizarre scientist asks Rockford to look into the disappearance of his wife in order to study Rockford's reaction to frustration.
Dec. 23, 1977
4x14 4 4x14 The Attractive Nuisance
The past refuses to stay buried when a retired FBI agent comes to the truck-stop café seeking revenge against Rocky's old partner in crime.
Jan. 06, 1978
4x15 4 4x15 The Gang at Don's Drive-In
A beleaguered author asks Rockford to look into the cold case of a murdered high school girl and the suspects who want the case permanently put on ice.
Jan. 13, 1978
4x16 4 4x16 The Paper Palace
Rockford reluctantly agrees to help a prostitute find the people who have been sending her death threats and discovers that—if she survives—she could be in for a rags-to-riches ...
Jan. 20, 1978
4x17 4 4x17 Dwarf in a Helium Hat
A wrong-number phone call has Rockford rushing to find and protect its intended recipient, Jay Rockfelt, from imminent kidnapping and death.
Jan. 27, 1978
4x18 4 4x18 South by Southeast
There's trouble south of the border when Rockford is mistakenly abducted by federal agents and then asked to help them protect an international playgirl. .
Feb. 03, 1978
4x19 4 4x19 The Competitive Edge
Crazy is as crazy does, and Rockford's heading for the mental ward when a health club doctor unmasks his top-secret cover and attributes his weird behavior to psychological problem ...
Feb. 10, 1978
4x20 4 4x20 The Prisoner of Rosemont Hall
Hazing rituals at a local fraternity get fatally out of control when Rockford's young friend and an Arab student are murdered.
Feb. 17, 1978
4x21 4 4x21 The House on Willis Avenue (1)
Part 1 When his mentor is found dead in a road accident, Jim teams up with young PI Ritchie Brockleman following up leads on a murder and find a lot more than they bargained for... ...
Feb. 24, 1978
4x22 4 4x22 The House on Willis Avenue (2)
Part 2 Jim and Ritchie continue to investigate their mentor's death and follow leads to a massive computer data storage company who have a plot in a desert canyon...
Feb. 24, 1978
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Season 4 Characters

Jim Rockford played by James Garner
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford played by Noah Beery Jr.
Dennis Becker played by Joe Santos
Officer Billings played by Luis Delgado
Lt. Doug Chapman played by James Luisi
Beth Davenport played by Gretchen Corbett
Angel played by Stuart Margolin
Skip Speece played by Hunter von Leer
Waiter played by Thomas A. Geas
Restaurant Manager played by Doug Hale
Newscaster played by Joel Lawrence
Girl played by Harriet Mathey
Receptionist played by Nancy Conrad
Party Guest played by Maxine Stewart
Security Guard played by Nick Dimitri
Kathryn Cooper played by Barbara Babcock
Richard Lessing played by Larry Hagman
Jane Patten played by Valerie Curtin
Stephen Kalifer played by George Wyner
Christine Van Deerlin played by Dorrie Kavanaugh
Julius 'Jay' Rockfelt played by John Pleshette
Dr. Eric Albach played by Larry Linville
Kenny Bell played by Chuck McCann
Viola Wenke played by Nora Marlowe
D.A. John Pleasance played by Gerald McRaney

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Season 4 Videos

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Season 4 Quotes

04x01 - Beamer's Last Case Season 4 / Episode 1: - Beamer's Last Case

Pedro E. Ramirez: My banking representatives will be by at five to cancel out the debt; have the money.
Jim Rockford: Representatives? Plural?
Pedro E. Ramirez: That's right
Jim Rockford: I guess they travel in pairs 'cause that way they have twenty fingers and twenty toes.
04x18 - South by Southeast Season 4 / Episode 18: - South by Southeast

Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Bill Skelly: [Beeep] Billy Skelly at EyeCo. Like to interest you in some new private detection equipment, including the 448 Telephonic Bug. We'll demonstrate it in a friend's home for one full week no charge.
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Season 4 Trivia

  • Episode 12 - Goof (anachronisms): The flag hoisted by the National Guard unit commanded by Stephen Kalifer (George Wyner) halfway through the episode has only has 48 stars, even though the U.S. had had 50 states (and a 50-star flag) for more than 15 years by the time this episode was filmed. (This may have been intended to sho
  • Episode 21 - The show concludes with a message from the U.S. Privacy Protection Commission discussing the possibility of more privately created computer networks in the future.
  • Episode 07 - During the scene where Rockford and Jane are eating hamburgers and arguing about spirituality, Jane says she is 32 but Rockford corrects her saying he's seen her driver's license and that she is 40 and that there is nothing she can do about it despite her claims that she is "youthing" herself. In
  • Episode 05 - The title refers to the dog and pony shows that used to travel the Midwestern United States in the 19th century in small towns that did not attract the big circuses that performed under the big top tents. The term currently means any elaborately staged performance or presentation designed to sway or convince peopl
  • Episode 12 - Goof (continuity error): In the car rental return scene, a wide shot is used to show a white/cream colored Mercedes racing out of the garage. To show the smoking tires, a close up shot is used, but the rear fender shown in the close up is obviously not white/cream, nor are the hubcaps the same as shown in the wide

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