The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job: Part 1 

When a corrupt businessman uses extortion to force Richie Brockleman's father to sell him his business for a paltry amount, Richie goes to Jim for advice on how to get back at him with a con job.


William Wiard


Roy Huggins (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker (credit only)
Robert Webber ... Harold Jack Coombs
Trisha Noble ... Odette Lependieu
Pepper Martin ... Harry Steel
Gary Crosby ... Larry Litrell
David Hooks David Hooks ... Frederick Doyle
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Harold Gould ... Mr. Brockelman
Kim Hunter ... Mrs. Brockelman
Dennis Dugan ... Richie Brockelman
Salt Walther Salt Walther ... Vern
Stanley Brock ... Cowboy Mickey Martell
Jack Collins ... Dr. Wetherford


When a corrupt businessman uses extortion to force Richie Brockleman's father to sell him his business for a paltry amount, Richie goes to Jim for advice on how to get back at him with a con job.

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Release Date:

3 March 1979 (USA) See more »

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Color | Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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In the opening scene, Mr Coombs tells Mr Brockelman he has engaged the same law firm as Mr Brockelman. It is illegal for any law firm to represent 2 opposing parties in any legal matter. See more »


Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: [rummaging around in the stuff in the back of the truck that's going to the Good Will] If you don't help that boy's daddy, I'm gonna be mad at you!
Jim Rockford: Yeah, well life's full of bitter disappointments, Dad! I have a question for you. Why are you doing poking around in there again?
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: Well I gotta question for you too! Where did this toaster come from?
Jim Rockford: [becomes sheepish] That toaster...? Oh... that's the one you gave me for Christmas...
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: [indignant] Yeah! Thirty-four dollars and seventy-five cents!
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Alternate Versions

This episode, "part 1", along with the following episode #5.21, "part 2", exists also as a single 2-hour episode, running 95 minutes without commercials. It omits the closing credits at the end of part 1, the "previously on" pre-credit sequence at the beginning of part 2, and the opening credits of part 2. See more »

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The Sting redux, a 'la Rockford
30 August 2015 | by UNOhwenSee all my reviews

Way back when.... I was a 'little pup,' and watched The Rockford Files when they were first on, the character of 'Richie Brockleman,' as well as (the actor portraying him) Dennis Dugan annoyed me.

Perhaps it was his 'gosh, gee-wilickers'-ness, but, back then, I couldn't get into watching him - either here, or, his spin-off series.

Jumping up to present-day, when we've the ability to watch a series, like this from it's first to last episode, I started watching the series in its entirety (back then, I stopped after about the 3rd season, or so).

I re-watched this episode about 6 months ago, and at the time, I gave it an '8.' I'm watching Rockford again, this summer, and am now again beginning to watch the two-part 'Never Send A Boy King...,' and it really is even better this time around.

I'm sure I'm not the only Rockford fan who also loves The Sting, and this two-parter - which, is really movie-length - is akin to a latter-day take on that great con movie.

I'm still not finished watching the first part, which, is really the back-story for the hustle, and it's set-up, but, it's very apparent how much fun was had making this episode by all.

When Rockford...or, is that perhaps Mr. Garner... takes the race car on the track to race Coombs for the pink-slip, the joy he had driving is palpable, and the smile on his face is there, even though his mask covers his face.

This episode pulls out all-the-stops.

The Rockford Files is well-known for its quality writing, as well as in casting, and this episode is a veritable who's-who of great 70's character actors - all those faces you know, but, not always know their names.

The hustle, or should I say, the opening acts of the hustle are so well-staged, down to using grifter idioms, to me, it's a pleasure to watch experts - no matter what their forté - ply their craft.

And, yes; I can even find Brockleman/Dugan 'okay' to watch - in this delicious bite-sized treat.

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