The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Dog and Pony Show 

Helping a young woman with a history of mental illness leads Jim into crossing paths with the Mob and federal intelligence.


Reza Badiyi


Roy Huggins (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Joanne Nail ... Mary Jo Flynn
Walter Brooke ... NIA Agent Bill Simonds
George Loros George Loros ... Tommy Lorentz
Michael Bell ... NIA Agent Mike Krasny
Ed Lauter ... Joseph Bloomberg
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Gary Crosby ... Beau
Al Ruscio ... Vic Cassell
Howard Honig Howard Honig ... Dr. Alan J. Adler
Bill Quinn ... Judge Raymond Ordonez
Robert Lussier Robert Lussier ... Leon
Louisa Moritz ... Helen


Helping a young woman with a history of mental illness leads Jim into crossing paths with the Mob and federal intelligence.

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Release Date:

21 October 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Beginning with this episode, the opening theme sequence included still photos of Jim Rockford interacting with series regulars Angel, Beth, and Dennis. Previously, Jim and Rocky were the only series regulars shown in the opening. See more »


Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: [Talking to Rockford] Listen Jimmy, do you think you could slip it in before they kill you that you stole Angel Martin's car, that Angel Martin don't know nothing from nothing, that Angel Martin is a good guy?
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Can't live with Angel, can't live without him
19 January 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Poor Jim Rockford gets busted along with Angel for having some stolen property in his vehicle. But the judge orders group counseling for both of them. In which they meet Joanne Nail who is a young who everyone dismisses as paranoid when she says she's being followed. When she was in another mental asylum, a high priced one she met Ed Lauter who is making all kinds of extravagant claims.

Before things are done both the National (Central) Intelligence Agency and a prominent Mafia crime family is involved due to the ravings of Ed Lauter and what kind of things he's spouting. Walter Brooke as the field office head of the NIA and George Loros of the crime family are an interesting pair of adversaries for Rockford. Loros especially, you feel sorry for him. Lauter is his brother-in-law and his father wants him killed, but his sister says spare him. That's why he's in the asylum in the first place.

Once again Stuart Margolin comes through for James Garner even though he has to be dragged kicking and screaming. It's the way it is for Rockford and Angel, can't live with him, can't live without him.

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