The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, But Waterbury Will Bury You 

When several of Jim's fellow P.I.'s lose their licenses under circumstances that are suspiciously similar, he begins to suspect that someone is targeting independent investigators and systematically putting them out of business.

Director:

Jerry London

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
Simon Oakland ... Vern St. Cloud
Cleavon Little ... Billy Merrihew
Val Bisoglio ... Marvin A. Potemkin
Anthony Costello ... Ted Clair
Robert Riesel ... Wass
James Karen ... John LaPointe
Jack Garner Jack Garner ... Bartender
Jim Storm ... Officer
Katharine Charles Katharine Charles ... Susan Hanrahan
George Pentecost George Pentecost ... Carl Colavito
Linda Dano ... Gwen Molinaro
Fritzi Burr ... Receptionist
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Storyline

When several of Jim's fellow P.I.'s lose their licenses under circumstances that are suspiciously similar, he begins to suspect that someone is targeting independent investigators and systematically putting them out of business.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1977 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Simon Oakland's character, the irascible Maalox-guzzling gumshoe, Vern St. Cloud, makes his first appearance in this episode. See more »

Goofs

The fire truck which is used is shown using a 'Q' siren which has a distinctive sound. That model of fire truck uses a different model siren. See more »

Quotes

Billy Merrihew: It just doesn't make sense.
Vern St. Cloud: Yes it makes sense. It was a set-up, you gonzo! The old frame-ola!
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Who is disgracing the PIs of LA?
24 March 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode starts out with fellow private investigator Cleavon Little asking Jim Rockford to check out a former client who put him into a jackpot and Little lost his license. What's really interesting here is that during the course of the investigation James Garner runs into both Simon Oakland and Val Bisoglio also colleagues in the Private Investigator profession have also gotten themselves in jackpots and have lost their licenses. There's a woman who has the same description that seems to be at the bottom of all of these and is a common denominator.

Usually that's what it takes, find the common denominator. She works for this posh investigation agency that only the rich and famous can afford. But they are a paranoid bunch who want to eliminate all the competition even these guys who charge $200.00 a day plus expenses.

It gets serious when one of Rockford's colleagues turns up dead. But Garner and the other two work out a beautiful scheme to break into their posh building that the posh investigation agency owns. You have to see what they pull off.

Nicely put together with villains you love to hate.


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