In The Rockford Files Private Detective Jim Rockford had once been imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit and his special preference was for taking on cases that the police had deemed closed, he had a bit of a love hate relationship with Detective Dennis Becker because of this.
Jim’s home was a trailer based on the beach at Los Angeles and he charged $200 a day plus expenses. His ageing father (who incidentally was played by Robert Donley in the pilot episode) Rocky was often involved in Jim’s cases too. Jim also had a girlfriend for much of the show’s run, Beth Davenport, a lawyer who usually managed to help him out of trouble. Also a regular was Jim’s ex prison cellmate Angel who Jim usually managed to involve.
The final season of the show often saw Jim at loggerheads with rival P.I. Lance White (played by future Magnum star Tom Selleck), the final season was also pretty short, mainly because James Garner had tired of the role. However there were occasional TV Movie revivals of the show once it ended its prime time run.
“This is Jim Rockford, at the tone leave your name and message and I’ll get back to you”. So began each episode of the Rockford Files (and for each episode a different answer was left on the answer machine).
USA / NBC/Roy Huggins-Public Arts/Cherokee / 114x60m-e / 1974-80
Creators: Roy Huggins, Stephen J. Cannell / Theme Music: Mike Post, C. Carpenter / Executive Producers: Stephen J. Cannell, Meta Rosenberg
JAMES GARNER as Jim Rockford
NOAH BEERY JR as Joseph “Rocky” Rockford
JOE SANTOS as Detective Dennis Becker
GRETCHEN CORBETT as Beth Davenport (1974-78)
STUART MARGOLIN as Evelyn “Angel” Martin
BO HOPKINS as John Cooper (1978-79)
TOM ATKINS as Lt Alex Diehl (1974-76)
JAMES LUISI as Lt Doug Chapman (1976-80)
TOM SELLECK as Lance White (1979-80)