FILES: 1ST SEASON
ROCKFORD FILES (called BACKLASH OF THE HUNTER in syndication)
a murder case that has been abandoned by the police, shoots the
murderers' plane out of the sky, and then gets arrested for it!
Some interesting features in this pilot are that Jim's father
is played by a different actor and Jim admits he spent time in
prison for an armed robbery he did not commit (Never mentioned
again in the series). Guest stars Billy Mumy (Lost In Space) and
THE KIRKOFF CASE
Though police have closed the case as unsolved, Larry Kirkoff
remains a suspect. He hires Rockford for a $20,000 fee to "solve
the case." Rockford has qualms about the case since he feels
it could lead to Larry and a "no pay." His investigation,
however, points to two other possible suspects: Tawnia, the late
Kirkoff's mistress; and the cowboy Travis, believed to have been
Mrs. Kirkoff's paramour. The trail leads to the underworld and
some strange relevations.
2. THE DARK AND BLOODY GROUND
When private-eye Jim Rockford succumbs to the pressures of his
attorney friend, Beth, to investigate a homicide involving a screenwriter,
he suddenly becomes a target of would-be assassins himself.
3. EXIT PRENTISS CARR
Rockford, doing a favour for a longtime friend, checks on a philandering
husband and finds him dead under mystenous circumstances. Police
term the death a suicide but Rockford pursues further, uncovering
a ring of blackmailers.
4. IN PURSUIT OF CAROL THORNE
Rockford is hired to trail a young beauty just released from prison
in hope she will lead him to the recovery of a million dollars
taken in a robbery three years earlier.
5. SAY GOODBYE TO JENNIFER
Rockfords uncanny knowledge of fashion models quirks leads to
the solution of a homicide in which a model, a dentist, a photographer
and the underworld are involved.
6.THE DEXTER CRISIS
Dexter hires Rockfordto locate Susan, who is missing from her
apartment, shared by fellow coed Louise. While getting needed
information from Louise, he is saddled with her "partnership"
and the two follow a trail to Las Vegas. Susan is spotted, but
the assignment is complicated by a second private detective, Higby,
who seems to be following the same trail.
7. CHARLIE HARRIS AT LARGE
Playboy, Charlie Harris, suspected in the death of his wealthy
wife, turns to his former prison cellmate, Rockford, to prove
his innocence, claiming Linda, a mysterious beauty, as his alibi.
Rockfords efforts to track Linda down are hampered both by her
unsavory husband and the police, led by Sgt. Garvey, who would
like to put Rockford and Charile away.
8. THE COUNTESS
While Deborah and rough-hewn Ryder enjoy the affluent life, she
suddenly is confronted by hoodlum Carl, who remembers her jumping
bail on a minorcharge some years back. When Carl is fatally shot,
Rockford suddenly becomes the prime suspect.
FIND ME IF YOU CAN
A beautiful young girl hires Rockford to find Out who she really
10. AURA LEE, FAREWELL
Sara, operator of a boutique, is convinced her employer and friend,
Aura Lee, did not die of a drug overdose, as police reported.
Rockford's investigation reveals that Sen. Murdock gave Aura Lee
a "lift" in his car shortly before she was found dead,
and that conman Dirk also was a "friend" of Aura Lee's.
11. CALEDONIA, IT'S WORTH A FORTUNE!
Rockford, hired by a convict's wife to find a fortune stashed
on a ranch, discovers obstacles on both sides of the law as he
pursues the case.
12. TALL WOMAN IN RED WAGON
Sandra hires Rockford to find her six-foot-tall newspaperco-worker,
Charlotte, who had cleared out with her red station wagon. The
trail uncovers an underworld connection and leads to a cemetery,
a pullman train and a strange doctor's office.
13. THE BIG RIPOFF
Working on a theory that an insurance company was taken tor $400,000
in settling with a lone plane crash survivor, Rockford turns up
a plot laced with chicanery. Rockford is hired by Nancy to find
out if her lover, Steve, died accidentally or was done in by his
wife, Ginny, who "miraculously" survived the crash.
14. PROFIT AND LOSS- PART I
Kidnappers knock out Rockford while abducting a client from his
trailer during stock market manipulations. Fielder, head of hugh
conglomerate, Financial Dynamics, Inc., warns Rocktord that the
"kidnapping" of his top aide never occurred and for
Rockford to quit prying.
15. PROFIT AND LOSS- PART II
Rockford and his client, Doris, "burglarize" a print
shop, searching for clues which will lead to stock market fixing
and homicide. Their print shop 'caper not only draws police but
smokes out the ugly side of Fielder.
Convict Moss hires Rockford under the pretext that he wants to
find his girl when he actually is after her jewelry. Rockford
finds the girl and the jewelry but needs help from his former
prison buddy, Angel, to outsmart Moss and his partner, Crown.
17. THE FOUR POUND BRICK
After police writeoff a rookie's death as accidental, Rockford
is hired by his father Joseph and the mother of the dead officer,
Kate, an old family friend, to find out what really happened.
Claire persuades Rockford to check on a "friend" under
the pretense that she is being 'victimized by a loan shark, but
the "friend" is really a missing narcotics officer;
and Claire has underworld connections.
19. SLEIGHT OF HAND
After Rockford and Karen return from an outing, she vanishes and
her next-door neighbour is found slain. Rockford then launches
a search for his girlfriend, and the trail leads to a fugitive
Rockford travels to Las Vegas to deliver an insurance check to
a beautiful young recording artist, Nancy, but discovers she is
a prisoner of a syndicate which is exploiting her. Rockford finds
Nancy in a dingy hotel room, where syndicate hoodlums assault
him and steal the $10,000 cheque.
21. JUST BY ACCIDENT
Stock car driver Billy Jo dies in what police term a traffic mishap,
but Rockford, hired by the victim's wealthy mother, Louise, reopens
the case and uncovers a clever insurance claim racket.