This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: James Woods, Julie Sommars, and Abe Vigoda star in “The Kirkoff Case,” the premiere episode of the ROCKFORD FILES series, airing Sept. 13, 1974. LEARN MORE about this episode in 45 YEARS OF THE ROCKFORD FILES, available in softcover paperback and now as an eBook through Black Pawn Press

    Original Air Date:
    September 13, 1974
    Synopsis. Larry Kirkoff  (played by James Woods) was indicted for the double murder of his parents. However, he was never convicted because the prosecution couldn’t place him at the scene of the crime, and the police never found the murder weapon. Larry hires Rockford to find evidence that would clear him of both crimes. Although Jim believes Kirkoff is guilty, he can’t quite resist the potential payoff: a $20,000 fee if he cracks the case. Rockford discovers that the Kirkoff murders may be linked to a real estate fraud. But he also finds that his investigation could have fatal ramifications after mobsters work him over and warn him to drop the case.Other guest stars include Julie Sommars (The Governor and J.J., Matlock), Roger Davis (Dark Shadows, Alias Smith and Jones), and Abe Vigoda (Barney Miller). Vigoda, as mob kingpin Al Dancer, has one of the funniest lines in the episode in his lone scene with Garner. After Rockford refers to Muzzy Vinette as a “goon,” Dancer corrects him: “This is the age of public relations. Mr. Vinette is not a ‘goon.’ He is a ‘labor organizer.’”

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