The Rockford Files

Season 2 Episode 8

Resurrection in Black & White

Aired Unknown Nov 07, 1975 on NBC
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Resurrection in Black & White
Journalist Susan Alexander hires Jim to help her prove that Dave Kruger is innocent of the murder of his wife Cheryl ten years previously. On the way to the prison Susan reveals she was almost forced off the road by a mysterious car. Jim is set to quit as he does not do bodyguard work and he is unarmed, much to Susan’s surprise. Jim meets Dave and questions him, convinced Dave has hooked Susan and had someone try to kill her to keep her interested, but Dave places Susan’s safety over his own freedom. Jim and Susan meet Sergeant Becker, who finds that the original case file has gone missing – which spells a conspiracy. Susan takes Jim home, but someone shoots at the pair. She shows Jim the transcript of the trial, and they meet with his lawyer Newcomb, who is in a retirement home after suffering a stroke. His memory is puzzled about the case, claiming Cheryl’s mother offered to file an appeal that never happened because she died. They visit her last address and posing as an estate agent and buyer meet her niece Shirley Atwater, who will not sell. Posing as Assistant Coroner’s they meet Patrick Elber, the original Coroner from the case who did the autopsy on Cheryl and her mother (a strange coincidence). Returning to Shirley’s they find she has been killed, and the police reveal she was actually Cheryl Wilson, who was said to have been murdered by Dave years before… Dave’s innocence is now proved, but who killed her? The trail leads to her cousin Roy Piece who is partners with Elber for the insurance money. Going to the boat slip, a high-speed boat chase ensues to catch the real killers…moreless

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  • Rockford finds a rare chance to use his gun

    As Rockford says, he doesn't want to shoot the gun, just point it. The more I watch this show on DVD, the more I love it. James Garner is 100% Rockford and his performances never fail to delight and amaze.

    Like most good "Rockford" episodes, this one starts out simply enough with the attempts on the reporter's life, but evolves into an insurance fraud scheme involving a crooked medical examiner. The chemistry between Garner and Joan Van Ark is strong, and she makes for one of the better leading ladies. She had previously appeared in "Find Me If You Can," and it's too bad she didn't come back for another show.

    This episode is taut and engaging and features a great climactic shoot-out at sea. Some poignant moments, with the old lawyer in the retirement home. No Rocky, but we get a lot of Becker and some good lines from Jimbo. A solid entry all the way around.moreless
  • A man who claims to be falsely imprisoned recieves reluctant help from Rockford.

    This episode sees Jimbo coming to the aid of Dave, an incarcerated man who claims to be innocent, and places his trust in a highly skeptical Rockford. Joan Van Ark as Susan Alexander makes an impression, badgering the cynical Rockford into finally proving Dave's innocence, while along the way revisiting his own slammer phobia, and being generally nasty towards the wronged man. Garner captures the less helpful dimensions to Jim's character with ease, showing that Rockford could often be a creature of habit happier to get a fast buck, than put his hard fought reputation on the line to preserve the true course of justice. Another superbly acted story, with brisk direction bringing a tense but not overwhelming edge to the proceedings. Recommended viewing.moreless
Joan Van Ark

Joan Van Ark

Susan Alexander

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William Prince

William Prince

Arnold Newcomb

Guest Star

Sandra Smith

Sandra Smith

Shirley Atwater

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