The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Aura Lee, Farewell 

Jim's old friend Sara Butler hires him to find out the real reason her employee Aura Lee Benton died. The police believe it was a drug overdose but Sara is convinced she was murdered.

Director:

Jackie Cooper

Writers:

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

Episode complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Lindsay Wagner ... Sara Butler
Greg Mullavey ... Dirk Schaffer
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Robert Webber ... Sen. Evan Murdock
Kelly Lange ... Commentator
Bill Mumy ... Trask
Melissa Greene Melissa Greene ... Aura Lee
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Oscar
Tom Scott Tom Scott ... Motel Clerk
Linda Dano ... Ellen Murdock
Ed Crick Ed Crick ... Campaigner
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Jim's old friend Sara Butler hires him to find out the real reason her employee Aura Lee Benton died. The police believe it was a drug overdose but Sara is convinced she was murdered.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although this is the second appearance of Lindsay Wagner's character of Sara Butler (she was in the series' pilot), Bill Mumy who played her brother in the pilot also appears here, but, not as her brother. See more »

Goofs

When Jim and Sara flee Jim's car as they are being pursued by the motorcycle the stunt woman playing Sara has a fuller figure and bounces noticeably as she runs. See more »

Quotes

Jim Rockford: [Rockford agrees to buy a really bad abstract painting from a street vendor in exchange for information] Listen, if you ever see him again would you get his license number? I'd appreciate if if you would give me a call.
Trask: Yea, okay.
[Rockford turns and walks away]
Trask: Oh hey, you forgot your painting!
Jim Rockford: [Rockford looks at it again] Well not yet. But I'm trying!
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Connections

References The Rockford Files: Backlash of the Hunter (1974) See more »

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A great foil
5 November 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Lindsay Wagner, an old friend of Jim Rockford's returns in this episode asking for some detective work in regard to the death of young Melissa Greene who worked for her. A brief prologue to the main story shows Greene getting into the car of Robert Webber who is a State Senator and then Webber getting into an accident.

Webber made several guest appearances on The Rockford Files and he's usually a tough guy, sometimes a bad guy. Here however the State Senator turns out to be as much a victim as Greene was.

Joe Santos as Dennis Becker helps Garner run down a few leads, plate numbers that lead to the eventual solving of what turns into two murders. The reasons are a bit murky though. But I do like the way Garner foils the villain in the end.


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