This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Blair Brown stars as “The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club,” airing Dec. 19, 1975. This was the only episode (or, for that matter, the only film of any kind) directed by James Garner

  1. THE GIRL IN THE BAY CITY BOYS CLUB
    Original Air Date:
    December 19, 1975

    Synopsis. A man named Phelps hires Rockford to determine if the weekly Thursday night poker game held at the Bay City Boys Club is fixed. Rockford doesn’t realize that his client is Burton Kimball, a prominent deputy district attorney heavily in debt to racketeer George Welles, who founded the club as a front to his operation. Kimball, who has been blackmailed by Welles into fixing cases, needs evidence against Welles to escape his grasp. When Kimball is later found dead, Jim deduces that the D.A. was close to obtaining the proof he needed. With the help of fellow investigator Kate Doyle (played by Blair Brown), Rockford tries to put Welles and the Bay City Boys Club out of business by determining how the game was rigged.

    “The Girl in the Bay City City Boys Club” marked the directorial debut of James Garner. The episode asked a great deal of the actor (particularly when it came to staging the complicated foot chase near the end of the episode), and he acquitted himself well. Nevertheless, Garner chose not to direct again.

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