The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Gearjammers, Part 1 

Rocky is targeted for death after seeing a meeting between a truck dispatcher and a crooked executive. Jim wants desperately to protect his father but discovers he hasn't been keeping up ... See full summary »


William Wiard


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

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Episode complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Rosemary DeCamp ... Mary Ramsey (as Rosemary De Camp)
Scott Brady ... Hammel
Bob Hoy ... Scheib
Ted Gehring ... Johnny Lo Salvo
Peter Brocco ... Hodges
Charles Cooper ... Jack
Al Stevenson Al Stevenson ... L.J.
Robert Sutton ... Paco (as Robert Raymond Sutton)
Jack Garner Jack Garner ... Officer
John Dullaghan ... Sullivan


Rocky is targeted for death after seeing a meeting between a truck dispatcher and a crooked executive. Jim wants desperately to protect his father but discovers he hasn't been keeping up with Rocky enough to even find him on a typical day. The dispatcher was giving the supposedly-retired Rocky work as a trucker, so when Jim discovers the dispatcher dead in a crate bound for Malaysia, the police figure the elusive Rocky knows why. Written by David Stevens

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26 September 1975 (USA) See more »

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This episode marks the first time Rockford does his trademark J-turn. See more »


The 1975 Pontiac Firebird in gold is used by Jim Rockford throughout the first 48 minutes of part 1. When Jim Rockford and Rocky plan to use the car to go to dinner it is still the same vehicle if one notices the rear full width tail lights. When they change their mind and decide to eat a restaurant around the corner, the 1975 vehicle is suddenly replaced by a 1970 1/2 Pontiac Fireboard in gold which has much smaller 7" wide tail lights. This 1970 1/2 is the vehicle blown up at the very end. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Caller: Okay, pal, it's Harry. I just checked my car. You kept the battery charged all right, you also put thirty-five hundred miles on it!
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References The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) See more »

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Rocky has some secrets
6 May 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In this first part of a two part story we discover that Rocky has some he's been keeping from his offspring. First off he has a girlfriend in Rosemary DeCamp who works on the docks for a trucking company. The second is that Rocky has been getting some off the books work part time in his old profession to supplement his retirement.

It's that second thing, he happens to see a meeting of two people that he shouldn't see. After that Noah Beery, Jr.'s life is in danger as there are many attempts to kill him which of course brings his son in on the case. James Garner at one point gets a nasty beat down from a couple of hoods who are trying to find Beery.

The end has Jim Rockford sacrificing something near and dear to him.

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