The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Requiem for a Funny Box 

A washed-up comedian finds out about a Mob family member's secret, and gets Jim in trouble by framing him for a murder.


William Wiard


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

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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
Chuck McCann ... Kenny Bell
Robert Quarry ... Lee Russo
Jason Evers ... Paul Silvan
Jodean Lawrence Jodean Lawrence ... Maxine Bell (as Jodean Russo)
Meredith MacRae ... Lori Thompson
Tom Atkins ... Alex Diel
Gretchen Corbett ... Beth Davenport
Gilbert Green Gilbert Green ... Silvan
Thomas A. Geas Thomas A. Geas ... Waiter
Del Hinkley Del Hinkley ... Poco
Hank Stohl Hank Stohl ... Officer
Joel Lawrence Joel Lawrence ... Newscaster


A washed-up comedian finds out about a Mob family member's secret, and gets Jim in trouble by framing him for a murder.

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Release Date:

4 November 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gilbert Green (August Silvan) was only eight years older than Jason Evers, who played his son. See more »


When Rockford and Beth are leaving the police station, Beth closes the car door on her dress. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Sue Ellen: [Beeep] Mr. Rockford? Sue Ellen. Our class is having that crazy scavenger hunt I told you about. If you're wondering what happened to your trailer door, it's gonna win me first prize!
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How I remember this episode
17 August 2014 | by lleopldnllSee all my reviews

I notice this is on the ME-TV schedule tonight and I discovered by reading these reviews that I saw this many years ago. Perhaps in its original airing. I remember the scene between the father and son. After listening to his father's denunciation of his lifestyle the son replied with a tired haughty tone, 'Don't you think that all has a rather piquant quality?' The father replied dismissively, 'No, I don't use those kinds of words.' As for Chuck McCann, I remember him on a talk show doing a hilarious imitation of Robert Cummings being much older than he appeared. He mimed Cummings putting on a youthful mask and having a small tape recorder in his mouth instead of using his actual voice. The tape recorder rewinding sounded very real.

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