The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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A Deadly Maze 

Jim is unwittingly involved in a bizarre experiment when hired to find a man's missing wife.


William Wiard


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

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Episode cast overview:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Larry Linville ... Dr. Eric Albach
Corinne Camacho ... Tracy Marquette (as Corinne Michaels)
J. Pat O'Malley ... Billy Baines
Lance LeGault ... Phil D'Agosto
Johnny Seven ... George
Cliff Carnell ... Max Savatgy
Jack Collins ... Victor Kreski
John McKinney John McKinney ... Nick Commandini (as John McKinny)
Ken A. Anderson Ken A. Anderson ... Tom Posner (as Ken Anderson)
Gail Landry Gail Landry ... Student Receptionist
Luis Delgado Luis Delgado ... Officer Billings


Jim is unwittingly involved in a bizarre experiment when hired to find a man's missing wife.

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Release Date:

23 December 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dennis Becker (Joe Santos) is seen wearing bandages on his nose. This was not part of the script; Joe had undergone a nasal procedure, and was unable to remove the bandage, so iam explanation for it was written into the story that Dennis had been roughed up. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Anonymous Friend: [Beeep] Hey Jimmy! I tried to catch you before you left! Hey buddy, I was wrong. That rally in Mexico? That was yesterday...
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Rockford the pawn
21 March 2011 | by stones78See all my reviews

I have to admit this quirky episode had me fooled a bit, as a stoic doctor,(as in doctorate, although for a while I thought a medical doctor)played convincingly by Larry Linville, hires a reluctant Rockford to find his "missing" wife. It's mentioned that he doesn't usually handle domestic cases, but something's odd about this one, plus a hefty raise by the doctor, convinces him otherwise. There's a hilarious moment for me, right after Rockford is threatened to hang in a meat freezer by goons, Rocky comes outside and says to Jim, "hey sonny, what was their beef?", to which Jim replies/yells "you trying to be funny, Rocky?". I never laughed harder for any Rockford Files episode. Long story short, it turns out that the whole "missing wife by bad goons angle" was in fact planned by the doctor, who specializes in behavior health, and was awarded a federal grant to conduct the study; Rockford was a participant, and he's not happy when he finds out. This leads to the second storyline, which has the same woman(a prostitute)murdered in a botched robbery scheme in which her male "friend?" tried to arrange; she had second thoughts, so he killed her. The manner in which he surrenders easily to Rockford was unrealistic and lame; I'd be fighting for my life to escape rather than be dragged by my collar while standing up. I know your tough, Jimbo, but I'm not going down without a fight, like this guy basically does. That being said, this is a fine episode in which a lot occurs under an hour, which signals great writing to me. Lastly, Dennis wears a bandage for a broken nose for the duration, and look for a cool shot of a late 70's model Trans Am(not Jim's) with the huge bird on the hood.

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