The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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A Bad Deal in the Valley 

Rockford finds himself in the middle of a bad deal indeed when he agrees to help an old girlfriend and ends up with a suitcase full of counterfeit money and under arrest by the F.B.I.


Jerry London


Roy Huggins (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Susan Strasberg ... Karen Stiles
Jack Colvin ... Preacher
Gretchen Corbett ... Beth Davenport
Veronica Hamel ... Sandy Lederer
David Sabin ... Murray Slauson
Rod Cameron ... Jack Chilson
John Lupton ... Tony Lederer
Gordon Jump ... Appleby
Fritzi Burr ... Maid
Russ McGinn ... Fred Southerland
Dudley Knight ... Agent
Laurence Haddon Laurence Haddon ... Braverman


Rockford finds himself in the middle of a bad deal indeed when he agrees to help an old girlfriend and ends up with a suitcase full of counterfeit money and under arrest by the F.B.I.

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19 March 1976 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Susan Strasberg & James Garner have an unusual 'connection'; Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn had been a devoted pupil of Srassberg's father, Lee Strasberg, and the Actor's Studio, and Garner had been originally picked to co-star in Something's Got to Give (1962)- the last, unfinished film Ms Monroe worked on. When Garner proved to be unavailable, Dean Martin, who was a friend of Marilyn's, stepped in. See more »


At Karen's place, Rockford's line of " let's stop with the flickering candlelights and romance angle..." is muffed - Garner mispronounced it as "angel". See more »


Jim Rockford: Old times only buys you *one* free ticket, and you cashed *that* in yesterday!
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Like a mini Chandler novel
25 February 2007 | by DrScoreSee all my reviews

The best episodes of The Rockford Files are often like mini Chandler novels. Sure, Jimmy is too big of a con artist to be confused with the knight errant Marlowe, but when a destitute old buddy or an endangered past love needs his help, he sometimes becomes almost knight-like. This show is basically a Long Goodbye scenario, in which Jim must solve a tangled mystery to see if he is being duped by a past love (Susan Strasburg) who came to him for help. Is he saving her, or is she using him? The dialogue crackles here, and that, plus Garner, is why this show was so often the best thing to ever be on the tube.

Back in the 70's, some of the craftsmen behind TV shows like this had long histories working in their positions. Between the Director Jerry London, the DP Andrew Jackson, and the Editor George Rohrs, you had credits that ranged from Hawaiian Eye to Dragnet to Rockford to Harry- O. These guys worked all the time, and they were a testament to the true professionalism of the times. I'm sure back then, they thought they were just cranking 'em out, but their efforts still shine. You have to go to HBO to find stuff this good these days.

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