This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Dyan Cannon stars in “If the Frame Fits…,” the third of the eight Rockford Files reunion movies produced for CBS, airing Jan. 14, 1996

  1. IF THE FRAME FITS…
    Original Air Date:
    January 14, 1996
    Synopsis. Falsely accused of murdering a rival detective, Rockford fights to clear his name despite a staggering circumstantial case against him and increasing animosity from his two longtime nemeses on the Los Angeles Police Department, Commander Alex Diehl and Captain Douglas Chapman. But our hero finds help from friends old and new, including Dennis Becker, former attorney (now bestselling novelist) Beth Davenport, and IRS agent Jess Wilding. 

    While If the Frame Fits… was the third of the new Rockford episodes to have aired on CBS, in many respects it was the first “true” reunion show. Besides James Garner, Stuart Margolin, Joe Santos, and Jack Garner, the show brought back the three remaining members of the original cast: Gretchen Corbett (as Beth Davenport), James Luisi (as Lieutenant Chapman), and Tom Atkins (as Lieutenant Diehl). The movie also acknowledges the passing of Noah Beery Jr. with the help of guest star Dyan Cannon (Heaven Can Wait, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice) as Jess Wilding, an IRS agent who also knew Rocky.

    LEARN MORE about this episode in the revised third edition of 45 YEARS OF THE ROCKFORD FILES, featuring more than sixty new pages of never before published information about both the original Rockford Files and the CBS reunion movies, including twenty new interviews and six new appendices. 25 percent of the net proceeds from the sales of 45 YEARS OF THE ROCKFORD FILES will be donated to The James Garner Animal Rescue Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds to help rescue organizations, shelters, individuals, fosters, and veterans with emergencies, evacuations, medical care, adoptions, training, pet supplies, shelter, rehabilitation, boarding, transportation, food, and other pressing needs. JGARF is one way for Garner fans to honor Jim’s memory and extend his legacy. Plus… if you order 45 YEARS OF THE ROCKFORD FILES directly from Black Pawn Press, you will receive an exclusive bonus gift. Go to Rockford45.com for more details.

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