What Hath Rockford Wrought?

The Other Eyes of The Rockford Files   Much like Maverick, Rockford co-creator Roy Huggins' other hit show starring James Garner, The Rockford Files delighted in poking fun at its own genre, seeding the show with numerous cock-eyed takes on the private eye. Here are the most memorable: Gandolph "Gandy" Fitch  Created by Gordon Dawson … Continue reading What Hath Rockford Wrought?

My Scrapbook: When Harry Met Jimbo

My Scrapbook Harry Tenafly meets Jim Rockford.  It never happened, but what if it did? James McEachin starred as Los Angeles area private eye Harry Tenafly in the short-lived NBC Mystery Movie offering Tenafly in 1973-74.  As a P.I., Harry was everything the television private eye of the era definitely wasn't: a happily married, middle-class family … Continue reading My Scrapbook: When Harry Met Jimbo

Lance White (The Rockford Files)

Created by Stephen J. Cannell "Hunches don't come from any place, Jim, they're just hunches. That's how we solve our cases. We get hunches, they turn out to be right, and the case gets solved. Gee, I don't know how you survive as a private investigator, Jim. You don't seem to know any of this … Continue reading Lance White (The Rockford Files)

“This is Jim Rockford…”

Some memorable messages left on Rockford's answering machine...   One of the all-time great opening gimmicks for any TV show has to be Jim Rockford's answering machine. Every episode would open with the camera focussing on the machine, with someone (a telephone solicitor, Rocky, Angel, a collection agency, a wrong number) leaving a message, usually … Continue reading “This is Jim Rockford…”

They Also Served: James Garner

Actor, Stand-up Guy (1928-2014) There is no joy in Paradise Cove. The Mighty Rockford has moved his trailer out for the last time. To one generation, James Garner will always be Bret Maverick, the shifty, cowardly (but charming) card shark of the Old West. For another era, he will always be the tall, handsome leading man … Continue reading They Also Served: James Garner

Al Roach

Created by Obie Scott Wade, Michael Maler & Jordan Beswick Al seeks solace at his neighbourhood watering hole... Jim Rockford goes buggy! Sure, you've seen him as Marlowe. And of course you've seen him as Rockford. You may have even seen him canoodling with Doris Day, or as a rambling, gambling man in Maverick. But … Continue reading Al Roach

Jim Rockford (The Rockford Files)

Created By Roy Huggins And Stephen J. Cannell "This is Jim Rockford. At the tone, leave your name and number. I'll get back to you..." So began each weekly episode of The Rockford Files, which aired from 1974 to 1980 on NBC, certainly the most beloved private eye series to ever grace the television screen, … Continue reading Jim Rockford (The Rockford Files)

My Scrapbook: Pete Emslie Does Jim Rockford!

My Scrapbook One of my favourite caricatures of Jim Rockford (James Garner) by master cartoonist Pete EmslieAnd a nifty one of his cop buddy Dennis (Joe Santos) and him. Ottawa-born Pete Emslie is a huge Rockford fan (my, what great taste he has), and posts a new caricature of James Garner every year on the actor's birthday … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Pete Emslie Does Jim Rockford!