The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Coulter City Wildcat 

Rocky is forced to sign oil lease rights he owns away, leading Jim to investigate who and why someone wanted Rocky's seemingly worthless leases so badly.


Russ Mayberry


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 (credit only)
John Anderson ... Gerald A. O'Malley
Dennis Burkley ... Howard
Gretchen Corbett ... Beth Davenport
Patricia Stich Patricia Stich ... Phyllis
Noble Willingham ... Claude Orzeck
Jerry Hardin ... Walter Link
Sharon Compton Sharon Compton ... Beehive
Hal Bokar Hal Bokar ... 2nd Bidder
John Clavin John Clavin ... 1st Bidder
Gordon Hurst Gordon Hurst ... Willie
Richard Kennedy ... Thomas Snowcroft - 3rd Bidder
Ed Deemer Ed Deemer ... Detective


Rocky is forced to sign oil lease rights he owns away, leading Jim to investigate who and why someone wanted Rocky's seemingly worthless leases so badly.

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Release Date:

12 November 1976 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point when Jim and Rocky are being chased in the stolen truck through the orchard, when the truck they are driving is shown, it is creating a huge dust cloud. But when the Ford LTD that is chasing them is shown, it's relatively clear in front of that vehicle and the Ford is also leaving a dust cloud.

The Ford is supposed to be right behind them in the story, in fact a man in the pursuing vehicle is shooting at the truck. See more »


Gerald A. O'Malley: [Jim calls Mr. O'Malley - a slightly paranoid survivalist with a bomb shelter out back of his property. Jim calls him, pretending there's about to be a nuclear attack, in order to get Mr. O'Malley safe, by having him get into his shelter] Hello?
Jim Rockford: [Usiing a southern drawl] Mr. Gerald A. O'Malley?
Gerald A. O'Malley: Yeah?
Jim Rockford: Yeah, this is Roger Martel, sir. Kern County civil defense.
Gerald A. O'Malley: [Happy and eager to do his part'] Yes sir! What can I do for you?
Jim Rockford: Government agencies have informed us that the Che Guevera unit of the ALF ...
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There Will be Rockfords
11 April 2011 | by stones78See all my reviews

I consider this one of the better episodes of the fine Rockford Files mainly because the partnership between father and son, Rocky and Rockford, and how they care for each other, even though it's not always evident in many of the shows. Their relationship isn't cold by any means, but it appears that neither really open up about their true feelings; many times Jim happens to turn down Rocky's request to go fishing because he's usually "busy" or his mind is on other things. Now, Rocky is the one turning down his son's request this time around because it appears that he's in a grumpy mood because he's aging and the mail isn't what it used to be; one of the envelopes in the mail is regarding an oil lease, and some goons soon rough up Rocky and make him sign the lease over to someone else. The remainder of the episode is basically father and son for most of the scenes, as they see who and why Rocky was assaulted and who has his lease, although I can't quite recall the particulars of why he has the lease in the first place, but a shady character sold it to him. Along the way, you may recognize Noble Willingham as some sort of oil lease authority, who breaks the bad news at the end of the episode that the Rockford's won't get the $42,000/day they thought they were getting. This is a very picturesque episode with many terrific shots of the highway, oil field, and a small town, but perhaps the most important moments revolve around how father and son work together to make things right and enjoy spending time with each other.

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