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The Rockford Files

Season 3 Episode 9

Return to the Thirty-Eighth Parallel

Aired Unknown Dec 10, 1976 on NBC
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Return to the Thirty-Eighth Parallel
Jim is conned by an old Army friend who is desparate for a new line of work and persaudes Jim to take a missing persons case which in fact is really a race to locate a priceless vase...

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  • review

    Another Rockford case and an cliffhanger ending-when Jim and his friend keep searching for the vase that his friend throw off the train-Jim remarks on how after searching to miles and couldnt find it. Well in real life of course a delicate vase would probably have BEEN SMASHED TO PIECES!
  • The quintessential "Rockford" episode...an old buddy shows up with trouble for Jim.

    The old buddy in this case is Ned Beatty as Brennan, an old Korean War comrade of Rockford's. He shows up at the trailer, out of work and anxious to get into the private eye game. He's so eager that he practically steals a missing person case right out from under Jimbo's nose. Of course, things are not as they seem, and pretty soon Jim is tangled up in art theft, murder, and the search for a $3 million vase.

    Beatty and Garner have great chemistry. It's nice to see Beatty in the 1970s when he was far more prolific than he is now (which is a shame, because he's a great character actor!)

    The story itself isn't one of the best mysteries the series had done, since most of the case is wrapped up in throw-away comments from Rockford on the train. But the scenes of Rockford with a "tagalong" investigator, and the final scene between Beatty and Garner make this one well worth the price of admission.moreless

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    • Jim: Al, Al, be a good soldier. Don't die, just fade away.

      Jim's advice to Brennan comes from General Douglas MacArthur's farewell address to Congress on April 19, 1951. In the speech, MacArthur said, "The world has turned over many times since I took the oath at West Point, and the hopes and dreams have all since vanished, but I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barracks ballads of that day which proclaimed most proudly that old soldiers never die; they just fade away. And like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty."