CTVA US Crime - "The Rockford Files" (Stephen J. Cannell/Universal/NBC) Season 1 (1974-75)

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Starring James Garner
Season 1 (NBC) (1974-75)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox
references:
TV Guide /   Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive


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 [--] The Rockford Files: BACKLASH OF THE HUNTER (pilot)(90/120 min.)
27Mar74 (2 pts in syndication)
Executive Producer Meta Rosenberg
Produced by Stephen J. Cannell
Teleplay by Stephen J. Cannell
Story by John Thomas James
Directed by Richard T. Heffron
Director of Photography Lamar Boren A.S.C.
Guest stars
Lindsay Wagner
William Smith
Nita Talbot
Joe Santos (recurring)
Also Starring:
Robert Donley ......... Rocky (Noah Beery in series)
Co-Starring: (end credits)
Bill Mumy ............ Nick Butler
Pat Renella .......... Morrie Talbot
Michael Lerner ....... Dr. Ruben Seelman
Ted Gehring .......... Norm Mitchell
with:
Joshua Bryant ........ Capt. Harry Dell
Bill Quinn ........... Harry Butler
Robert B. Williams ... Arnold Demura
Claude Johnson ....... Officer
Mike Steele .......... Danford Baker
A woman can't believe her father committed suicide, but
the case may be suicidal for Rockford.

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NBC Fridays 9:00 PM Eastern
22 episodes
Executive Producer Meta Rosenberg
Produced by Stephen J. Cannell
Associate Producer William F. Phillips (end credits)

1.01 [--] The Rockford Files: THE KIRKOFF CASE
13Sep74
Teleplay by Stephen J. Cannell
Story by John Thomas James
Directed by Lou Antonio
Director of Photography Lamar Boren A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Julie Sommars
Roger Davis
James Woods
Joe Santos (recurring)
Co-Starring: (end credits)
Philip Kenneally ....... Muzzy Vinette
Milt Kogan ............. Marsh
Abe Vigoda ............. Al Dancer
with:
Sandy DeBruin .......... Hostess
Dino Seragusa .......... Maritre D' (should be Maitre D)
Dennis McCarthy ........ Calvin Carras
Fred Lerner ............ Parking Attendant
Melissa Mahoney ........ Carhop
A wealthy young man hires Rockford to prove that he is innocent of murdering his parents.

1.02 [--] The Rockford Files: THE DARK AND BLOODY GROUND
20Sep74
Exec. Pr. Meta Rosenberg/ Pr. Stephen J. Cannell
Assoc. Pr. William F. Phillips / Creative Consultant Juanita Bartlett
Teleplay by Juanita Bartlett
Story by John Thomas James
Directed by Michael Schultz
Director of Photography Lamar Boren A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Gretchen Corbett (recurring)
Linden Chiles
Joe Santos (recurring)
and:
Nancy Malone ........... Elizabeth
Co-Starring: (end credits)
Patricia Smith ......... Ann Calhoun
Walter Brooke .......... Clyde Russell
with:
Tom Bower .............. Officer Hensley
Marc Alaimo ............ Farber
Luis Delgado ........... Police Officer
Rockford attempts to clear a woman accused of murder.

1.03 [--] The Rockford Files: THE COUNTESS
27Sep74
Teleplay by Stephen J. Cannell
Story by John Thomas James
Directed by Russ Mayberry
Director of Photography Lamar Boren A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Susan Strasberg
Art Lund
Dick Gautier
Gretchen Corbett (recurring)
Joe Santos (recurring)
Harold J. Stone
*
Co-Starring: (end credits)
Tom Atkins ............ Alex Diel
with:
Todd Martin ........... Policeman
James Cromwell ........ Terry
Florence Lake ......... Old Woman
Jean LeBouvier ........ Woman
Mel Allen ............. Cab Driver
Rockford is suspected of murdering a blackmailer he was trying to discourage.

1.04 [--] The Rockford Files: EXIT PRENTISS CARR
4Oct74
Teleplay by Juanita Bartlett
Story by John Thomas James
Directed by Alex Grasshoff
Director of Photography Lamar Boren A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Corinne Michaels
Warren Kemmerling
Mills Watson
Special Guest Star
Stephen McNally
*
Co-Starring: (end credits)
William Jordan ......... Terry Warde
Wallace Rooney ......... Eric Saunders
with:
Hank Rolike ............ Eddie
Thomas Ruben ........... Delivery Boy
Roberta Collins ........ Nancy Hellman
Heath Jobes ............ Jack Clark
Rockford witnesses a murder the police are sure is a suicide.

1.05 [--] The Rockford Files: TALL WOMAN IN RED WAGON 
11Oct74
Xp: MR Pr:SJC
Teleplay by Stephen J. Cannell
Story by John Thomas James
Directed by Jerry London
Director of Photography: Lamar Boren A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Sian Barbara Allen
George DiCenzo
*
Co-Starring: (end credits)
John Crawford .......... Dr. Kenilworth
Susan Damante .......... Charlotte Duskey
Angus Duncan ........... Joe Baron, Jr.
Ryan MacDonald ......... Hotel Manager
With:
Dave Morick ............ James Darrow
Rudy Diaz .............. Matty
Robert Raymond Sutton .. Morry
James Murtaugh ......... Steve McWilliams
Jack Stamberger ........ Station Manager
Rockford uses a series of disguises to investigate the
disappearance of a redhead.

1.06 [--] The Rockford Files: THIS CASE IS CLOSED (90 min)
18-Oct-1974
Xp: MR Pr:SJC
Associate Producer, William F. Phillips
Teleplay by Stephen J. Cannell / Story by John Thomas James
Directed by Bernard L. Kowalski
Director of Photography: Lamar Boren A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Joseph Cotten
Sharon Gless
James McEachin
*
Co-Starring: (end credits)
Fred Sadoff .......... Howard Kasanjian
Joseph Della Sorte ... Torrance Beck
Norman Bartold ....... Hollis Cotton
Eddie Fontaine ....... Lt. Larry Pierson
With:
Del Monroe ........... Vic
Jude Farese .......... Harry
Stu Nisbet ........... Bartender
Geoffrey Land ........ Mark
Rockford is abducted while investigating a future son-in-law.
NOTE: This originally ran as a 90 min episode.

1.07 [--] The Rockford Files: THE BIG RIPOFF
25Oct74
Xp: MR / Sup.Pr. Jo Swerling Jr / Pr: SJC
Teleplay by Robert Hammer
Story by John Thomas James
Directed by Vincent McEveety
Director of Photography: Lamar Boren A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Jill Clayburgh
Normann Burton
Also Starring: (opening credits)
Fred Beir
*
Co-Starring: (end credits)
Bruce Kirby .......... Carl Lemay
Nedra Deen ........... Nancy Frazer
Warren Vanders ....... Earl Pitt
And:
Kelly Thordsen ....... Sheriff Neal
With:
Suzanne Somers ....... Ginny Nelson
Jack Garner .......... Man in Airport
Christine Dixon ...... Air Stewardess
Jenny Maybrook ....... Ticket Clerk
Rockford is hired to find a man who supposedly died in a plane crash.

1.08 [--] The Rockford Files: FIND ME IF YOU CAN
1Nov74
Xp: MR / Sup.Pr. Jo Swerling Jr / Pr: SJC
Teleplay by Juanita Bartlett
Story by John Thomas James
Directed by Lawrence Doheny
Director of Photography: Lamar Boren A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Joan Van Arc (spelled with "C" on credits)
Paul Michael Glaser
Joe Santos (recurring)
*
Co-Starring: (end credits)
Richard Drout Miller .. Sgt. Doane
Joseph Stern .......... Morgan Tallman
With:
James Lydon ........... Wyatt
Adrian Ricard ......... Miss Connor
Rockford attempts to find the true identity of a woman.

1.09 The Rockford Files: IN PURSUIT OF CAROL THORNE
08Nov74
Xp: MR / Pr: SJC
Associate Producer, William F. Phillips
Teleplay by Stephen J. Cannell/
Story by John Thomas James
Directed by Charles S. Rubin
Director of Photography: Lamar Boren A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Lynnette Mettey
Robert Symonds
*
Co-Starring: (end credits)
Bill Fletcher ......... Nate Spinella
Jim Antonio ........... Cliff Hoad
And:
Laffit Pincay, Jr. .... Himself
With:
Irene Tedrow .......... Mrs. Hoad/Dixie
Vince Howard .......... Patrolman
Sandy Ward ............ Det. Boris Sausman
James McAlpine ........ Policeman
An elderly couple's son is missing and Rockford zeroes in on his girl friend, a recent parole.

1.10 [--] The Rockford Files: THE DEXTER CRISIS
15Nov74
xp:MR / Sup Pr. Jo Swerling, Jr. / Pr. SJC
Written by Gloryette Clark
Directed by Alex Grasshoff
Director of Photography Lamar Boren, A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Lee Purcell
Linda Kelsey
Ron Soble
Special Guest Star:
Tim O'Connor
*
Co-Starring: (end credits)
Joyce Jameson ........ Marge White
Burke Byrnes ......... Deputy
Bing Russell ......... Lieutenant
Rockford goes to Las Vegas to find a tycoon's mistress.

1.11 [--] The Rockford Files: CALENODIA - IT'S WORTH A FORTUNE!
6Dec74
xp:MR /Pr. SJC
Teleplay by Juanita Bartlett/ Story by John Thomas James
Directed by Stuart Margolin
Director of Photography Lamar Boren, A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Shelley Fabares
Ramon Bieri
Richard Schaal (as Leonard Blair)
*
Co-Starring: (end credits)
William Traylor ....... Wilson
Sid Haig .............. B.J.
With:
Rudy Challenger ....... Dr. Watkins
Don Eitner ............ Gerald Hyland
Robert Ginty .......... Gib Moore
Robert Ellenstein ..... Motel Manager
Rockford is hired to find a critically ill convict's $500,000 stash, by the man's wife.

1.12 [--] The Rockford Files: PROFIT AND LOSS: Part 1 PROFIT
20Dec74
xp:MR / Sup Pr. Jo Swerling, Jr. / Pr. SJC
Teleplay by Stephen J. Cannell/Story by John Thomas James
Directed by Lawrence Dohney
Director of Photography Lamar Boren, A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Ned Beatty
Sharon Spelman
Joe Santos (recurring)
Gretchen Corbett (recurring)
Paul Jenkins
Val Bisoglio
*
Co-Starring: (end credits Pt. 1)
Michael Lerner ....... Arnold Love
Priscilla Pointer .... Helen Morris
John Carter .......... Alec Morris
Ray Girardin ......... Ted
with:
Donald Billett ....... Dan Shavelson
Joe E. Tata .......... Solly Marshall
J.Jay Saunders ....... Computer Programmer
Tracy Bogart ......... Teresa
A terrified computer programmer is kidnapped while trying to hire Jim.

1.13 [--] The Rockford Files: PROFIT AND LOSS: Part 2 LOSS
27Dec74
xp:MR / Sup Pr. Jo Swerling, Jr. / Pr. SJC
Teleplay by Stephen J. Cannell/Story by John Thomas James
Directed by Lawrence Dohney
Director of Photography, Lamar Boren, A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Ned Beatty
Sharon Spelman
Gretchen Corbett (recurring)
Albert Paulsen
*
Co-Starring: (end credits Pt. 2)
Michael Lerner ....... Arnold Love
Tom Rosqui ........... Norm Mitchell
Al Stevenson ......... L.J.
Barry Cahill ......... Sergeant
A terrified computer programmer is kidnapped while trying to hire Jim.

1.14 [--] The Rockford Files: AURA LEE, FAREWELL
03Jan75
xp:MR / Pr. SJC
Associate Producer Chas. Floyd Johnson & William F. Phillips
Teleplay by Edward J. Lasko
Story by John Thomas James
Directed by Jackie Cooper
Director of Photography, Lamar Boren, A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Lindsay Wagner
Greg Mullavey
Joe Santos (recurring)
Special Guest Star:
Robert Webber
*
Co-Starring: (end credits)
Kelly Lange ......... Commentator
Bill Mumy ............ Trask
Melissa Green ........ Aura Lee
With:
Henry Slate ......... Oscar
Tom Scott ........... Motel Clerk
Linda Dano .......... Ellen Murdock
Ed Crick ............ Campaigner
A girl who didn't do drugs is found OD'd on heroin.

1.15 [--] The Rockford Files: SLEIGHT OF HAND
17Jan75
xp:MR / Pr. SJC
Associate Producer Chas. Floyd Johnson
Teleplay by Stephen J. Cannell & Jo Swerling, Jr.
Based on the Novel "Thin Air" by Howard Browne
Directed by William Wiard
Director of Photography, Lamar Boren, A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Joe Santos (recurring)
Tom Atkins
*
Co-Starring: (end credits)
Lara Parker ......... Diana Lewis
Pat Delany .......... Karen Mills
Allan Miller ........ Michael Cordeen
John Steadman ....... Morry Blauner
Gerald McRaney ...... Irv
A woman's sudden disappearance coincides with her neighbor's murder.

1.16 The Rockford Files: COUNTER GAMBIT
24Jan75
xp:MR / Pr. SJC
Associate Producer Chas. Floyd Johnson
Written by Howard Berk & Juanita Bartlett
Directed by Jackie Cooper
Director of Photography, Lamar Boren, A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Stuart Margolin (recurring)
Joe Santos (recurring)
Mary Frann
Eddie Fontaine
Burr DeBenning ........ Harry Crown
*
Co-Starring: (end credits)
Ford Rainey ........... Manny Tolan
M. Emmet Walsh ........ Edgar Burch
Garry Walberg ......... Arnold Cutter
Eric Server ........... Daniel Kramer
With:
Barbara Collentine .... Miss Bolting
A hot-tempered convict hires Rockford to find his girl friend,
neglecting to tell him that he is really after a pearl necklace he gave her.

1.17 [--] The Rockford Files: CLAIRE
31Jan75
xp:MR / Pr. SJC
Associate Producer Chas. Floyd Johnson
Written by Edward J. Lasko & Stephen J. Cannell
Directed by William Wiard
Director of Photography, Leonard J. South
Guest Stars:
Linda Evans
Joe Santos (recurring)
W.L. LeGault
Special Guest Star:
Jackie Cooper
*
Co-Starring: (end credits)
Lane Smith .......... Willett
M.P. Murphy ......... Carel
Douglas V. Fowley ... Ted
Jim gets hassled by loan sharks and the police when he helps
an old girl friend find someone.

1.18 [--] The Rockford Files: SAY GOODBYE TO JENNIFER
07Feb75
xp:MR / Pr. SJC
Associate Producer Chas. Floyd Johnson
Teleplay by Juanita Bartlett & Rudolph Borchert
Story by John Thomas James
Directed by Jackie Cooper
Director of Photography, Lamar Boren, A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Hector Elizondo
Joe Santos (recurring)
Pamela Hensley
Ken Swofford
Kate Woodville
Thayer David
*
Co-Starring:(end credits)
Regis J. Cordic ....... Dr. Evan Stuart
With:
Len Lesser ............ Colby
Clint Young ........... Harrison
Beverly Gill .......... Mary Ann
Vince Cannon .......... Ricky Pont
Luis Delgado .......... The Waiter
Jim is hired to find a top fashion model who is a murder suspect
who reportedly died in a car accident.

1.19 [--] The Rockford Files: CHARLIE HARRIS AT LARGE
14Feb75
xp:MR / Pr. SJC
Associate Producer Chas. Floyd Johnson
Teleplay by Zekial Manko/ Story by John Thomas James
Directed by Russ Mayberry
Director of Photography, Lamar Boren, A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Tony Musante
David Spielberg
Joe Santos (recurring)
Gretchen Corbett (recurring)
Warner Anderson
Special Guest Star:
Diana Muldaur
*
Co-Starring: (end credits)
Eddie Firestone ......... Haines
Mel Stewart ............. Police Lieutenant
With:
Zekial Marko ............ Gabriel
Luis Delgado ............ Counterman
Rockford's old cellmate hires him to find a girl he was with
who can clear him when he is accused of murdering his wife.

1.20 [--] The Rockford Files: THE FOUR POUND BRICK
21Feb75
xp: MR p:SJC
Associate Producer, Chas. Floyd Johnson
Teleplay by Leigh Brackett and Juanita Bartlett
Story by Juanita Bartlett
Directed by Lawrence Doheny
Director of Photography, Lamar Boren, A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Edith Atwater
William Watson
Joe Santos (recurring)
Tom Atkins (recurring)
Jess Walton
And:
Stuart Margolin (as Angel)(recurring)
*
Co-Starring: (end credits)
Paul Carr ........... Sgt. Wilson
John Quade .......... Tenner
John Knight ......... Officer Drexell
Bruce Tuthill ....... Waiter
Frank Campanella .... Morrie
Jim challenges the police contention that a rookie's death
was accidental, when the man's mother asks Rockford for help.

1.21 [--] The Rockford Files: JUST BY ACCIDENT
28Feb75
xp: MR p:SJC
Associate Producer, Chas. Floyd Johnson
Written by Charles Sailor & Eric Kaldor
Directed by Jerry London
Director of Photography, Lamar Boren, A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Neva Patterson
Steven Keats
David Spielberg
Fred Sadoff
And:
E.J. Peaker ......... Jeannie Szymczyk
*
Co-Starring: (end credits)
Joey Aresco .......... Billy Jo Hartman
Oliver Clark ......... K. Julian Krubm
Alan Bergmann ........ The Doctor
Millie Salvin ........ Asst. Bank Manager
Beatrice Colen ....... Woman Bettor
Michael Fox .......... The Announcer
With:
Gordon Jump .......... Freddie
Fritzi Burr .......... County Clerk
Sal Acquisto ......... Gas Station Attendant
Rockford investigates the death of a professional driver
whose car plunged off a cliff.

1.22 [--] The Rockford Files: ROUNDABOUT
07Mar75
xp: MR p:SJC
Associate Producer, Chas. Floyd Johnson
Teleplay by Mitchell Lindemann & Edward J. Lasko
Story by Mitchell Lindemann
Directed by Lou Antonio
Director of Photography, Lamar Boren, A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Jesse Welles
Ron Rifkin
Mills Watson
*
Co-Starring: (end credits)
Frank Michael Liu ....... Kenneth Mamato
Virginia Gregg .......... Eleanor
Joe E. Tata ............. Agent Hanzer
George Wyner ............ Strock
Robert Ward ............. Hotel Clerk
A woman Jim meets in Las Vegas lives in poverty but hesitates
to cash a $10,000 insurance check.

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