The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Backlash of the Hunter 

Jim helps a young girl (Lindsay Wagner) whose father was murdered and LAPD has closed the case on without finding the killer.


Richard T. Heffron


Stephen J. Cannell (teleplay by), Roy Huggins (story by) (as John Thomas James)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Lindsay Wagner ... Sara Butler
William Smith ... Jerry Grimes
Nita Talbot ... Mildred Elias
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Robert Donley ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Bill Mumy ... Nick Butler
Pat Renella Pat Renella ... Morrie Talbot
Michael Lerner ... Dr. Ruben Seelman
Ted Gehring ... Norm Mitchell
Joshua Bryant ... Capt. Harry Dell
Bill Quinn ... Harry Butler
Robert B. Williams ... Arnold Demura
Claude Johnson ... Officer


Private investigator Jim Rockford is hired by a beautiful young woman to solve the murder of her father, a homeless man found beneath a pier two months earlier. The killing was never solved by the police. Written by Marty McKee <>

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Release Date:

27 March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die schwarze Witwe See more »

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Did You Know?


Although Luis Delgado does not appear in his regular role of Officer Billings, he does appear in this episode very quickly and almost invisibly, as he is filmed mostly from behind. He appears as the groom in the Las Vegas wedding chapel scene. His actual name is even used when the minister asks, "Luis Delgado, wilt thou have this woman to be thy wife?" See more »


There are no bullet impacts in the sand during most of the strafing runs in the desert, but in a couple of the shots there is, so there should be impacts seen from most of the runs. See more »


Nick Butler: You're a cop, huh?
Jim Rockford: No, what I am sonny, is about fifty pounds heavier and one hell of a lot meaner so you better straighten up your act, I don't think I like you.
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Alternate Versions

There exists an edited version of the original pilot, down to 73 minutes without commercials, shown sometimes in syndication as a 90 minute episode with commercials. See more »


Referenced in The Rockford Files: Aura Lee, Farewell (1975) See more »

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Not Your "Rocky's" Rockford
19 September 2014 | by faffaflunkieSee all my reviews

The Pilot for the Emmy award winning Series "The Rockford Files". No Answering Machines and a more subdued "Rocky" (Replaced in later episodes by the Iconic Noah Beery). This episode is a standout even in in an era that had what some may consider a surfeit of "Cop Shows". The late Roy Huggins wrote his original episode under a Pseudonym for some reason although it's plot is pretty respectable. The main weakness here is that this episode gets kind of lost in a sub-plot about Billy Mumy (The kid from "Lost in Space) that would have been the key to the entire caper- But only serves to muddy up the Episode. You can bet that REAL cops would have been VERY interested in a Kid's involvement in a conspiracy to steal $10 Million Bucks and the Murder of his Dad. Not to give anything away- But Rockford shoots down a light plane going about 120 mph (on a strafing run no less!) with a snub nose Revolver- a shot not even the world's finest marksman could make- and steals a cement mixer from someplace to use as temporary "Holding Cell". Fortunately this series in it's subsequent episodes took a turn from the cartoonish and you can see the Genesis of the fine Dialogue of later episodes- Including a Hulking Psycho (The era's Ubiquitous TV "Bad Guy" William Smith) with the Banal name of "Jerry"- A running joke throughout the Episode and the Pusillanimous Rockford threatening Mayhem on the Diminutive Mumy in Billy's only scene. I must say that in the days of Columbo, Mannix and Hawaii-Five-O I hardly noticed the debut of "Rockford"- But this series is the one that stood the test of time. A "Must See"- But only for the Rockford Fan.

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