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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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Podcast of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 523: Tribute to Dawn Wells is available for listening on demand

Dawn Wells: Remembered Fondly, and With Love Original Airdates: Jan. 15-17, 2021 TVC 523.1: TV Confidential dedicates its entire program this week to the life and career of Dawn Wells, the iconic actress, author, and producer who passed away on … Continue reading

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This date in MAVERICK TV history: “Two Beggars on Horseback” aired on Jan. 18, 1959

TWO BEGGARS ON HORSEBACK Original Airdate: January 18, 1959 Synopsis. Bret and Bart each carry a $10,000 draft from the Gannet Express Company, only to discover that the company is about to go bankrupt. But Jessamy Longacre (guest star Patricia Barry) … 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 MAVERICK TV history: “Maverick and Juliet,” the second of two episodes featuring Carole Wells, aired on Jan. 17, 1960

MAVERICK AND JULIET Original Airdate: January 17, 1960 Synopsis. Maverick meets The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn meets Romeo and Juliet as Bret and Bart finds themselves embroiled in a bitter feud between two families.  Guest star Carole Wells (Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats) makes … 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 MAVERICK TV History: “The Cactus Switch,” featuring Edgar Buchanan and Fay Spain, aired on Jan. 15, 1961

THE CATCUS SWITCH Original Airdate: January 15, 1961 Synopsis. In Green River, Bart runs afoul of a husband-and-wife team of grifters and an escaped killer named Red Daniels.  “The Cactus Switch” was the fifth of five episodes featuring Edgar Buchanan, the … 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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