The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs: Part 1 

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Jim rubs shoulders with royalty when a princess hires him because she believes someone is trying to kill her friend (Lauren Bacall).

Director:

William Wiard

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Lauren Bacall ... Kendall Warren
Dana Wynter ... Princess Irene Rachevsky
Ed Nelson ... Blake Sternlight
James Luisi ... Lt. Doug Chapman
Corinne Camacho ... Linda Hassler (as Corinne Michaels)
Michael Lombard ... August Fairfield
Christopher Thomas Christopher Thomas ... Freddie Danzig
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Jack Garner Jack Garner ... Capt. McEnroe
Robert Dunlap ... Repairman Craig
Jon Cedar ... Peter Pantazzi
Roger Til Roger Til ... Henri Tayir
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Jim rubs shoulders with royalty when a princess hires him because she believes someone is trying to kill her friend (Lauren Bacall).

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1979 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Garner and Bacall were romantically linked around this time. For a time in '79, Garner was separated from his wife. During this period, Bacall guest starred on a two-part episode of Rockford Files, but Garner denied the rumor - said it was the pressures of the show in fact, which led to the months-long separation from his longtime spouse. See more »

Quotes

Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: Sucker bets! Would I bring you sucker bets?
Jim Rockford: You'd bring me a dead rat in your teeth if you thought there was twenty bucks in it for you!
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Crazy Credits

The title is introduced in a staggered fashion. As patrons drive up to a restaurant's valet station, the word "Lions" appears when an elderly couple in a Rolls Royce drive up; then "Tigers" when a couple drive up in a Ferrari 308; then "Monkeys" when a wild costumed couple arrive in a modified Duesenberg convertible; and finally, "Dogs" when Rockford and his date appear in his gold Pontiac. See more »

Alternate Versions

This episode, "part 1", along with the following episode #6.3, "part 2", exists also as a single 2-hour episode, running 96 minutes without commercials. It omits the "next on" sequence and closing credits at the end of part 1, and the "coming up" preview, opening credits, and "previously on" sequence at the beginning of part 2. See more »

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Rockford's royalty
20 November 2012 | by stones78See all my reviews

This is a very solid episode from the final season of this great show, and the most notable aspect is the appearance of Lauren Bacall, who portrays Kendall(who names their daughter Kendall?), and she happens to be best friends with a princess named Irene(Dana Wynter), as they were classmates in high school years ago. Their friendship is slightly odd, as Kendall travels everywhere with her friend and pretends to be rich, although she is broke. This episode also has all the players involved, including several scenes with Rocky, Jack Garner(James Garner's brother), Chapman, Dennis, and the weasel Angel, who's pleasantly surprised his buddy Jim is involved with the princess; she hired him to find out who's trying to kill Kendall. Rockford has to integrate himself with the rich, pretentious snobs to dig deeper into who's out to kill her, including dressing up at a silly costume party aboard a yacht; in another scene, the guy he chases stupidly jumps off a roof and gets himself killed, and another hood who threatened Rockford gets killed by wine poisoning. As much as I enjoyed this episode and most others, the ending here has to be one of the most unfulfilling in the entire series, as it becomes known that the princess is the one trying kill her friend Kendall, although the motive seems rather weak, and I can't even recall the reason, but I think it has something to do with their old school. It left a bad taste in my mouth, considering the rest of the episode was very good. There's something else that bothered me; the princess can have the hood Tommy Manette(Carmine Caridi)easily killed, but she can't have Kendall killed, even though she's around her all the time? Those details just don't seem plausible, and a better ending could've made this an excellent episode, rather than a good one, although I still recommend watching this.


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