The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Dirty Money, Black Light 

Jim becomes very concerned when Rocky starts receiving thousands of dollars through the mail.


Stuart Margolin


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
John P. Ryan ... Dearborn
Wesley Addy ... Agent Steiner
Roger E. Mosley ... Electric Larry
Joshua Bryant ... Agent Mike Wolf
John Chappell John Chappell ... Frank Blake
Diana Ewing ... Girl in Tub
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Gretchen Corbett ... Beth Davenport
Martin Kove ... Harry Smick
Victor Argo ... Jud Brown
Mike Lane ... Tony (as Michael Lane)
Mary Carver ... Miss Grayson 1st Receptionist


Jim becomes very concerned when Rocky starts receiving thousands of dollars through the mail.

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Release Date:

1 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Universal City, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this episode, Rocky 'wins' a (rigged) contest and goes on a free trip to Hawaii. In the 6th season episode, The Rockford Files: The Hawaiian Headache (1979), apparently they forgot about this episode, because Jim wins a trip for 2 to Hawaii and takes Rocky, who says he's never been to Hawaii. See more »


Near the end of the show when Rockford is being chased, he hurriedly puts his briefcase into the elevator and doesn't punch any floor buttons. This means the elevator car would not have gone anywhere (it was after hours so no one else would be using it). If someone had just punched the outside elevator button the elevator doors would have opened and the briefcase would have been right there. See more »


Agent Steiner: You'd better be straight with us, Martin.
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: Straight? Straight? I'm so straight my back's hurting.
Agent Steiner: You better be, we've got a shopping list of charges to hang on somebody, You're pretty handy right now.
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: Who me? Charges?
Agent Steiner: Five-to-ten for fraud, five-to-ten for conspiracy to avoid taxes, five-to-ten for obstructing justice, twenty-to-life for accessory to murder.
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: Murder? Wait a minute - wait a second, I wouldn't murder no one, not for a couple of Cs. No, you want to talk to the Rockford Gang, that's...
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The Man Who Knew Too Little
4 October 2006 | by zsenorsockSee all my reviews

Once again "The Rockford Files" borrows from Hitchcock's formula of getting an innocent man involved in circumstances he knows nothing about and it works to perfection with a great script and terrific performances.

Rocky has won a trip to Hawaii (something they forgot about in season six's Hawaii episode) and so Jim is getting his mail forwarded to him. He surprised to say the least when an envelope full of hundred dollar bills arrives for a total of $11,000 one day (a few bills of which Angel sneaks away!) Day after day the money keeps coming in with no clue as to why. Jim can't reach Rocky and the next thing you know, the Feds (including one agent who's a dead ringer for former California governor Grey Davis!) , the cops and the bad guys are all after Rockford.

The script is tight and full of humor. It makes good use of Angel, the fetching Gretchen Corbett as Beth and "Magnum" regular Roger E. Mosely as loan shark Electric Larry.

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