The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Nice Guys Finish Dead 

The special guest of a P.I. convention dinner is found murdered in the restroom, and Jim unhappily finds himself once more having to team up with flawless Lance White (Tom Selleck), while accident prone Freddie Beamer tags along.

Director:

John Patterson

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker (credit only)
James Whitmore Jr. James Whitmore Jr. ... Freddie Beamer
Tom Selleck ... Lance White
Simon Oakland ... Vern St. Cloud
Larry Manetti ... Larry St. Cloud
Erica Hagen Erica Hagen ... Hypnotist Brandy Alexander
James Luisi ... Lt. Doug Chapman
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Carmine DeAngelo
Fritzi Burr ... Mrs. DeAngelo
Roscoe Born Roscoe Born ... TV Commentator
Fred Lerner ... Carl Richman
Steve Jones Steve Jones ... Newsman
Al Berry ... Ed Fuller
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The special guest of a P.I. convention dinner is found murdered in the restroom, and Jim unhappily finds himself once more having to team up with flawless Lance White (Tom Selleck), while accident prone Freddie Beamer tags along.

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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1979 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Last episode to feature Fritzi Burr. Ms. Burr had been featured in one episode each season, since her first appearance in the Rockford Files' first year, when she appeared as the sardonic county clerk in Just By Accident. See more »

Goofs

At 28 minutes Jim says, "If Freddie didn't kill Zinota, who did?" The name "Zinota" is overdubbed so badly as to be unintelligible. See more »

Quotes

Lance White: What we'll do is go back to my place, sit down with a little cognac and some Resphigi and figure this one out.
Freddie Beamer: I've never liked Resphigi very much. Put too much cheese on it. Maybe a steak and a beer, something like that.
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Rockford and Magnum
12 May 2011 | by stones78See all my reviews

This is another episode of the lighter fare variety of this great show, which is nearing the conclusion of a solid run from 1974-1980, and many recognizable faces such as Tom Selleck, Larry Manetti, and Simon Oakland make appearances revolving around an awards banquet for private investigators. It turns out a senator gets killed in the banquet bathroom, and Freddie Beamer(wannabe P.I.)gets himself involved accidentally, and somewhat stupidly; he sees the guy dead on the floor and when someone else comes in the room, he runs away like he's guilty. Rockford should've beaten him up for that stupid act alone instead of putting up the Firebird for Freddie's bail. Tom Selleck is the real highlight here as the perfect and smooth Lance White, who's everything Rockord isn't, and their scenes together are rather funny as Jim keeps trying to prove Lance wrong, but it turns out the guy's always right about his hunches; even Chapman, who loathes Rockford, is in awe of White. I believe James Garner was set to guest star in a Magnum, P.I. episode, but he was in a dispute with one of the studios at the time and he supposedly refused to set foot on their set, which was unfortunate. Back to this episode, it turns out that Manetti's character killed the senator in a botched blackmail scheme that went awry. This isn't one of my personal favorites, mainly because Rockford is more of a side character instead of the lead, but it is very enjoyable with interesting characters and funny moments.


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