The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Mayor's Committee from Deer Lick Falls 

Jim is hired by some small-town businessmen to help them buy a fire engine; they really want him to assassinate someone who could bring the IRS down on them.


Ivan Dixon


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




Episode cast overview:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Edward Binns ... Everet Alton Benson
Richard O'Brien Richard O'Brien ... Arthur Kelso
Charles Aidman ... Noah Deitweiler
Priscilla Barnes ... Lauren Ingeborg
Jerry Hardin ... Knute Jacobs
James Luisi ... Lt. Doug Chapman
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Clark Howat ... Mr. Rankin
Richard Sanders ... Samuel Romney
Fritzi Burr ... Miss Orneck
Ian Sander Ian Sander ... Christian
David Ruprecht David Ruprecht ... David (as David Rupprecht)


Jim is hired by some small-town businessmen to help them buy a fire engine; they really want him to assassinate someone who could bring the IRS down on them.

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Release Date:

25 November 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode contains several references to the State of Michigan; the four businessmen who hire Rockford are from the fictional town of Deer Lick Falls, Michigan. Richard Sanders plays a character named "Samuel Romney." George Romney (father to 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney) was governor of Michigan in the 1960s. Later, Angel visits the four businessmen in their hotel room, under the ruse he's from the coroner's office, and goes by the name "Mr. Milliken." William Milliken was the governor of Michigan immediately after George Romney, and was in office during the airing of this episode. See more »


When Rockford is driving round LA looking for the theatre where Inga is working, the shots show his Firebird as a 1974 model. Later, when the brakes are cut, the car is a 1977 car. They can be told apart by the front grilles which are distinctly different shapes. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Anonymous Female Friend: [Beeep] So you put your machine on at night, huh, just cause I call you at 3 am. You know how bad my insomnia is. Thanks a lot Jim!
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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some good moments
15 March 2011 | by stones78See all my reviews

The opening scene with Rockford riding the fire truck is amusing, as he looks like a kid in a candy store. As it turns out, he's being fattened for the kill, as these 4 old geezers want him to kill one of the men's niece, played about average by Priscilla Barnes(Three's Company). I thought one moment she should've shown more emotion; when she's close to being run over by her uncle, she just gazes and says "he tried to kill me" while standing next to Jim. I can only wonder what Garner was thinking at that moment. A few more head scratching moments was how Jim's car abruptly stops in someone's yard, considering the brakes were cut; another was how one of the men pulls a shotgun in a busy mall trying to kill the woman. He couldn't possibly think he wouldn't get caught, right? Look for a familiar face in Fritzi Burr, who is usually getting on Fred Sanford's nerves; she has several appearances on the Rockford Files as well. There's a few scenes with Rocky, Dennis, and one with Chapman, although no outside shot of the trailer, which was disappointing. Overall, this episode has good scenes and some bad, but certainly worth seeing if you're a fan of this fine series.

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