The Rockford Files

Season 2 Episode 1

The Aaron Ironwood School of Success

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Aired Unknown Sep 12, 1975 on NBC
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The Aaron Ironwood School of Success
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Just before going to meet an old friend at the airport, Jim is taken at gunpoint by two men. Jim runs off and escapes in a ‘Pizza Dan’s’ pizza deliver van. He collects Rocky and they travel to the airport to meet Aaron Ironwood – a successful businessman who ‘dares to win’, who used to live with the Rockford’s as a small boy. They attend a session of the School of Success, where Aaron encourages the students to become more than they are through his motto “dare to win”. Later at a bar Aaron explains to Jim that some gangsters who want to buy his companies for $20 million, when they ten times that amount and they are blackmailing him. Aaron asks Jim to become executer of the companies in his place. Beth Davenport reads over the contracts, which are clean, but Jim will only sign on agreement that if Aaron has not been honest, Jim will sell the companies immediately. They go to meet the gangster buyers, only to discover that it is Vito Genosa, whose goons visited Jim before. Jim immediately sells for $20 million. Aaron is furious because Jim sold out and will not release the cheque, and tries to hit him without success. Figuring out that Aaron must have wanted the companies sold, he meets with Aaron has a small fight and Jim hands over the cheque, but Aaron will not confess. When he returns home FBI Agent Patrick picks Jim up and explains that Aaron is guilty of federal crimes including the selling of companies with false securities. The FBI releases Jim, but next morning Genosa’s goons pick Jim and Aaron up…moreless

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  • One of THEE Rockford episodes to watch!

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    This as hilarious as it was real. I grew up near where the Get-Rich-Quick James Hampton character inspiration Dared to be Great. Glenn Turner was that guy and I remember the local television news of Turner as his schemes went to hell and then seeing this episode. Excellent satire!



    James Hampton is perfect casting and even looks like Turner. Hampton is always fun and here's a great reason why. I'm sorry w haven't seen more of him. Amazing but the boyish faced Hampton turns 70 in July 2006.



    Best of this edisode is the writing and, thus, Rockford's reaction to all this buffoonery of one guy trying to seduce all with his churh of capitalism. Top rate Cannell writing.moreless
James Hampton

James Hampton

Aaron Ironwood

Guest Star

Ken Swofford

Ken Swofford

Federal Agent Patrick

Guest Star

Jerome Guardino

Jerome Guardino

Vito Ginoso

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Gretchen Corbett

Gretchen Corbett

Beth Davenport

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