The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Sleight of Hand 

Jim's girlfriend suddenly disappears with no clue as to how or why. Lt. Diel thinks Rockford is probably responsible for her disappearance and orders him to stay away from the case. But Jim can't stop until he finds out what happened.

Director:

William Wiard

Writers:

Roy Huggins (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Tom Atkins ... Alex Diel
Lara Parker ... Diana Lewis
Pat Delany Pat Delany ... Karen Mills
Allan Miller ... Michael Cordeen
John Steadman ... Morry Blauner
Gerald McRaney ... Irv
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Storyline

Jim's girlfriend suddenly disappears with no clue as to how or why. Lt. Diel thinks Rockford is probably responsible for her disappearance and orders him to stay away from the case. But Jim can't stop until he finds out what happened.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This episode was based on Howard Browne's novel, Thin Air. It's been the basis for both this story, as well as a second season episode ("Thin Air") of Simon and Simon. Gerald McRaney appeared in both. See more »

Goofs

When Rockford is searching through the dresser drawers in the episode of "Sleight of Hand," he shuts the upper drawer and a piece of clothing is sticking out of it. Then he looks in the other drawers. When the camera switches to him walking away from the dresser, the clothing that was showing is now suddenly missing. See more »

Quotes

Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Caller: Rockford, this is Mr. Dow. If you think I'm going to pay to have your car repainted, you're nuts! You can take your expense bill and *stuff* it!
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Watch for Rocky
20 December 2010 | by stones78See all my reviews

I've seen several episodes of the Rockford Files, but in this segment, Noah Beery, Jr. shines as Rockford's dad, who Jim amusingly calls Rocky. Jim's having a tough time coming to grips that the love of his life has been murdered in an unfortunate case of both bad luck and timing. A sympathetic Rocky is trying his best to convince his son that it wasn't his fault that the woman was killed, and is offering fatherly advice, even though Jim is reluctant at first to open up. This is what I enjoyed mostly about this episode, even though I don't share the same enthusiasm as the other reviewers on here on the segment as a whole. There are some unanswered questions which left me wanting more answers, and I think that's what makes this a nice episode rather than a great one. That being said, James Garner does a fine acting performance as well, as he plays it both sympathetic and tough, when the situation calls for it.

Lastly, this is Tom Atkins second appearance as Diel. Another reviewer said in an earlier review that this episode was the first for Atkins, but in fact, it's his second. The first episode he was in was titled "the Countess", which was aired about four months prior to this episode.


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