The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Two former cons hire Rockford to find an old girlfriend. They actually want her valuable pearl necklace and implicate him as the thief. With Angel's help, he'll get the pearls back and square himself with the police.

Director:

Jackie Cooper

Writers:

Roy Huggins (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Mary Frann Mary Frann ... Valerie Thomas / Maria Heller
Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine ... Moss Williams
Burr DeBenning ... Harry Crown
Ford Rainey ... Manny Tolan
M. Emmet Walsh ... Edgar Burch
Garry Walberg ... Arnold Cutter
Eric Server ... Daniel Kramer
Barbara Collentine ... Miss Bolting
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Storyline

Two former cons hire Rockford to find an old girlfriend. They actually want her valuable pearl necklace and implicate him as the thief. With Angel's help, he'll get the pearls back and square himself with the police.

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

First appearance of Stuart Margolin as Angel since the original pilot. See more »

Goofs

When Jim and Valerie first meet Angel at the porno theatre, Jim (correctly) mentions jewel appraiser Manny Tolan. After Angel says I don't like that part about us', Jim (mistakenly) says 'you're going to impersonate Manny Toll'. See more »

Quotes

Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Caller: Jim, it's Jack. I'm at the airport. I'm going to Tokyo and I wanna pay the $500 I owe ya. Catch you next year when I get back.
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Connections

Referenced in The Rockford Files: The Farnsworth Stratagem (1975) See more »

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Angel proves useful
5 April 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode of The Rockford Files has James Garner making a visit to the old homestead, the state prison where a con played by Eddie Firestone wants to hire him to find an old girlfriend. Rockford says no, but in a week Firestone is out and brings money in the form of a cashier's check. Rockford as always is having cash flow problems.

Of course it's a given that there's more to why Firestone and his old running buddy Burr DeBenning want to find Mary Frann. It's a valuable necklace she has. I can't go into it, but they pull an elaborate sting like con game on Jim Rockford which he's just a tad too late to figure out and he's given a big headache and a police APB on him for a jewel theft.

Fortunately Rockford has a friend useful in situations like these. This episode proves why Rockford puts up with Angel Martin. Garner and Stuart Margolin pull their own sting to wrap things up.

Any Rockford File episode with Stuart Margolin is just that much more special. This episode is no exception.


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