This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: James Garner wins the Emmy for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series for his performance in “So Help Me God” at the twenty-ninth Emmy Awards ceremony, held Sept. 11, 1977

James Garner in “So Help Me God”

A searing indictment of the federal judicial system at its worst, “So Help Me God” (original airdate: Nov. 19, 1976) remains a stellar example of how dramatic television can inform as well as entertain. “We were very proud of that show,” said James Garner on The Ronn Owens Program in 1996. “It brought to light the inequities of the grand jury system, and they have changed those laws since then. And as I understand, our show had something to do with that.”

“So Help Me God” also held a special place in Garner’s heart on two counts. Not only was the show among his personal favorites, it was the episode for which he won the Emmy for Best Dramatic Actor for the 1976-1977 season.

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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