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This date in ROCKFORD FILES history: Mills Watson and Richard Kelton star in “The Deuce,” airing Jan. 26, 1979

THE DEUCE Original Air Date: January 26, 1979 Synopsis. Mills Watson guest stars as George Bassett, a chronic drinker accused of vehicular manslaughter. Though the circumstantial case against Bassett is strong, Rockford is the only juror on Bassett’s trial who … Continue reading

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This date in MAVERICK TV History: “Diamond in the Rough,” the second of two episodes featuring Fredd Wayne, aired on Jan. 26, 1958

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH Original Airdate: January 26, 1958 Synopsis. In San Francisco, Bart sets to even the score against Van Buren Kingsley, a ruthless New Orleans aristocrat who cons people into buying stock in a worthless diamond company. Kingsley not … Continue reading

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This date in MAVERICK TV history: “The Rivals,” the famous adaptation of the Richard Sheridan play that also featured Roger Moore and Patricia Crowley, aired on Jan. 25, 1959

THE RIVALS Original Airdate: January 25, 1959 Synopsis. Wealthy John Vandergelt III hires Bret to switch identities with him as part of an elaborate attempt to woo the lovely Lydia Linley.     “The Rivals” is the only episode of Maverick to … Continue reading

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This date in ROCKFORD FILES history: Mary Frann and M. Emmet Walsh star in “Counter Gambit,” airing Jan. 24, 1975. This episode also marks Stuart Margolin’s first appearance as Angel since the Rockford Files pilot

COUNTER GAMBIT Original Air Date: January 24, 1975 Synopsis. Insurance agent Edgar Burch (played by M. Emmet Walsh) hires Rockford to recover a $250,000 pearl necklace that was stolen by Moss Williams (Eddie Fontaine) three years before—shortly after Williams asked … Continue reading

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This date in MAVERICK TV history: Julie Adams stars as “The White Widow,” airing Jan. 24, 1960

THE WHITE WIDOW Original Airdate: January 24, 1960 Synopsis. Bart wins $5,000 playing poker in Fairview and stores the money in a hotel safe. The next day, he discovers that the money has been stolen, and the hotel clerk killed. Needing … Continue reading

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This date in ROCKFORD FILES history: John Saxon stars in “A Portrait of Elizabeth,” airing Jan. 23, 1976

A PORTRAIT OF ELIZABETH Original Air Date: January 23, 1976 Synopsis. John Saxon stars as Dave Delaroux, Beth’s client—and new boyfriend. Delaroux, the controller for the local branch of a national corporation, wants Rockford to determine whether someone in his … Continue reading

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This date in MAVERICK TV history: “Dutchman’s Gold,” inspired by the Top 40 song of the same name, aired on Jan. 22, 1961

DUTCHMAN’S GOLD Original Airdate: January 22, 1961 Synopsis. After winning half-ownership of a saloon, but needing money to keep the business afloat, Beau becomes partners with a mysterious gold prospector known only as The Dutchman.    Mala Powers (Outrage) guest stars in … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Rita Moreno stars in “The Paper Palace,” the first of her three appearances as Rita Capkovic, airing Jan. 20, 1978

THE PAPER PALACE Original Air Date: January 20, 1978  Synopsis. EGOT winner Rita Moreno stars as Rita Capkovic, a career prostitute who aches for genuine friendship: She’s so lonely that she often wheels an empty cart around a supermarket just … Continue reading

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This date in MAVERICK TV history: William Reynolds stars in “Rope of Cards,” the episode that introduced viewers to Maverick Solitaire, airing on Jan. 19, 1958

ROPE OF CARDS Original Airdate: January 19, 1958 Synopsis. Maverick meets Twelve Angry Men as Bret finds himself the only juror who votes to acquit a man who stands accused of murder.   The first of four episodes featuring William Reynolds (The F.B.I., … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Patricia Crowley and Ted Shackelford star in “Guilt,” airing Jan. 19, 1979

GUILT Original Air Date: January 19, 1979 Synopsis. Bittersweet memories of a failed love affair and unresolved feelings of guilt come to the surface when Rockford receives a cry for help from Valerie Pointer (played by Patricia Crowley), the woman … Continue reading

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