The Rockford Files

Season 6 Episode 7

Nice Guys Finish Dead

Aired Unknown Nov 16, 1979 on NBC
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Nice Guys Finish Dead
Jim and Lance White help Fred Beamer when he is charged with murder of a Senator while attending an awards banquet...

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  • Lance White returns with Freedie Beamer. 'Nuff said.

    Excellent Cannell written program with Garner at his best and supporting characters that are garnish of the main dish.

    This episode shows how easy it was for Tom Selleck to move on to Magnum, P.I., which he did a year later. His easy going, charming manner is almost enough that the roll could have been done in pantomime.

    James Whitmore, Jr. softshoes into this repeated quirky role of Freddie Beamer. This character is an excellent coupling with Lance White and Rockford.

    These guys are all involved with the story of an annual meeting of private eyes and the death of a senator at the convention. Beamer is thought to have done it and Rockford and White find themselves trying to prove otherwise. Result is a funny and highly satisfying Rockford Files. This being one of the last episodes and one of the best.moreless
Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

Lance White

Guest Star

Larry Manetti

Larry Manetti

Larry St. Cloud

Guest Star

Fritzi Burr

Fritzi Burr

Mrs. DeAngelo

Guest Star

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    • This episode actually features two future stars of 'Magnum, P.I.' - Tom Selleck (Thomas Magnum), and Larry Manetti (Orville "Rick" Wright). James Whitmore Jr. appeared alongside them in two different episodes of that series - the second season's 'Billy Joe Bob', and the third season's feature-length fan favourite 'Did You See The Sunrise?'.

    • This episode features both Tom Selleck and James Whitmore Jr in roles that they played in earlier (and separate) episodes. Stephen J. Cannell (the writer and producer) liked the chemistry between these two so much that he wrote and produced two different TV pilots starring Selleck and Whitmore. The pilots were: The Gypsy Warriors, shown in 1978, and Boston and Kilbride, shown in 1979. Neither was picked up, but Tom Selleck was tapped to play a private detective in another pilot shown in 1980 - Magnum P.I.