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James Garner's laconic charm as Jim Rockford kept us coming back for more each week and finally won him an Emmy in 1977. Garner, who would have been a star in any era, and sometimes seemed as if he would have fit more into films of the 1940's, had finally found the perfect role on television as Jim Rockford, an ex-con given a full pardon when it was discovered he was innocent after all. Working as a P.I. and parking his gold Firebird in front of his trailor on the L.A. beach, Rockford could never quite shake the ex-con tag, nor could he shake his old cellmate, Evelyn "Angel" Martin.
Stuart Margolin was simply fantastic as the scheming Angel, always with an angle, and always certain to get Rockford into trouble when it backfired. Like Rockford, you just couldn't stay mad at Angel, no matter what con had blown up in his face or how much trouble he would get our favorite TV detective in from time to time. Rockford and Angel remained friends because of that unspoken bond all ex-cons have, and because deep down, Angel was a stand-up guy, though you couldn't always tell it from looking at the surface.
Except for the 90 minute pilot episode, "Backlash of the Hunter," starring Lindsay Wagner as Sarah Butler, who would resurface in another episode from that first season, "Aura Lee, Farewell," Noah Beery Jr. portrayed Rockford's lovable dad, Rocky. Rocky was a retired trucker who loved to fish, and passed on the hobby to Jim. It was the little moments like fishing that were really the heart and soul of this show when you stop to think about it.Read more ›
actor of them all. My favorite shows are Columbo, Mission: Impossible and the Rockford Files, but as an actor, Garner outclasses them all. As good as Columbo is, Peter Falk is puts in uneven performances. In Mission:Impossible, the focus continually shifts from one character to another, so no one
actor is on the spot all the time. In "Rockford Files", the story revolves around Jim so he is on screen much of the time,
yet he NEVER puts in a bad performance, in spite of what must
have been an exhausting schedule, putting out a new show week after week. Of course, the outstanding writing and directing add to the charm of the program. I was in college in Southern California while the show was being produced so I can attest to how well the show reflected the slightly wacky society of the time and in the various odd types of people Jim encounters.
I miss the days of this kind of television that seem, alas, long gone. But I guess even then this show was something very special.
I'm positively delighted that Season 2 is coming out.
In addition, the audio and print quality are excellent, even on a large screen.
Great stuff, and I can't wait for season 3.
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I’ve no idea what season is best. I just know that I love to watch this series and it reminds me of Friday nights, entering the weekend, when I was allowed to stay up late and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by THowerton
Love the Rockford Files. Great fun and enjoyment to watch. A bygone era.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
After all these years, I still recall some of these episodes, and oh if you like the theme to the intro, with the voice message...its there. No Bonanza blockout here.Published 11 months ago by Phil C.
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