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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 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 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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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Lara Parker stars in “Sleight of Hand,” a faithful adaptation of the classic Howard Browne whodunnit Thin Air, airing Jan. 17, 1975

SLEIGHT OF HAND Original Air Date: January 17, 1975 Synopsis. Rockford makes an exception to his own rule of never interfering with an open police case when he investigates the disappearance of his girlfriend Karen Mills, who mysteriously vanished in … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Rob Reiner and Dick Butkus star in “The No-Cut Contract,” airing Jan. 16, 1976

THE NO-CUT CONTRACT Original Air Date: January 16, 1976 Synopsis. Larry “King” Sturtevant, starting quarterback for the Southern Illinois Warriors—a second-rate team in a third-rate pro football league—knows that team owner Dale Fontaine has ties with the Chicago underworld, so … Continue reading

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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

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 … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Cleavon Little and Simon Oakland star in “Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, But Waterbury Will Bury You,” airing Jan. 14, 1977

STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK YOUR BONES, BUT WATERBURY WILL BURY YOU Original Air Date: January 14, 1977 Synopsis. Waterbury Security Systems, one of the largest detective agencies in the world, has been systematically disenfranchising independent private investigators as part … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Anthony Zerbe, Arlene Golonka, and Fredd Wayne star in “The Gang at Don’s Drive-In,” airing Jan. 13, 1978

THE GANG AT DON’S DRIVE-IN Original Air Date: January 13, 1978 Synopsis. Anthony Zerbe stars as Jackson Skowron, a once promising writer whose career has run aground in the twenty years since his only success, the bestselling novel Free Fall … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Marge Redmond stars in “The Battle-Ax and the Exploding Cigar,” airing Jan. 12, 1979

THE BATTLE-AX AND THE EXPLODING CIGAR Original Air Date: January 12, 1979 Synopsis. Down and out after a brutal gambling trip to Las Vegas, Rockford bums a ride back to L.A. from a man named Petrankus in exchange for doing … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: “Deadlock in Parma,” the final episode of the NBC Rockford Files series, airs on Jan. 10, 1980

DEADLOCK IN PARMA Original Air Date: January 10, 1980 Synopsis. Jim vacations in nearby Parma with his friend John Traynor, a member of the city council who is about to vote on an initiative that would legalize gambling in Parma, … Continue reading

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