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11 replies to this topic
Posted January 26 2009 - 07:51 PM
Posted January 27 2009 - 02:04 PM
Thanks for the review. I'm very happy that Universal has put out the entire series. Now if they will just release the CBS movies!
Posted January 27 2009 - 02:18 PM
My gut says they probably will. We'll just have to see.
Posted January 27 2009 - 04:35 PM
I think "Nice Guys Finish Dead" is my all time favorite episode. It's weird they included a picture of Rockford with his father from the pilot on the DVD box and not the actor who played it on the rest of the series (nice picture though). I always thought it was strange that in the book on The Rockford Files that they don't even mention the cast change after the pilot.
Posted January 29 2009 - 10:29 AM
It's a pity there wasn't a trailer for "I Still Love LA", the first of the 90's Rockford Files TV movies, in this boxset. Still waiting for Season 6 to be announced for Region 2.
Posted February 10 2009 - 02:37 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed this season, as well as the rest of the series (I own all six). But I too was puzzled by the picture on the back. Yes, it is a terrific picture, but Noah Beery Jr was the one and only Rocky. I also wish there was a way they could have had both episodes of Only Rock And Roll Will Never Die on the same disc, instead of splitting it across two discs.
Posted February 10 2009 - 04:39 PM
It's funny I have never really heard the story about why that guy was originally cast as Rockford's dad and then the part being recast. He kind of looked like a pirate.
Posted February 10 2009 - 11:47 PM
My understanding was that Noah Beery, Jr. was the original choice, but he was unavailable for filming the pilot. By the time the series was picked up, he was free and joined the cast as per the original plan.
Posted February 11 2009 - 05:02 PM
That makes sense. I still think it's odd that nobody ever mentions the cast change in the book about the Rockford Files. It's still a great book though.
Posted February 11 2009 - 11:50 PM
I assume you are referring to the excellent Ed Robertson book on the show. I read about the recasting in another book called "The Rockford Phile" by David Martindale. Not as comprehensive as Robertson's, but a good book with some original interviews of the creative team. I reread the chapter on the pilot last night. Beery was Stephen Cannell's one and only choice from the beginning. The other producers liked the idea fine, but apparently Cannell was passionate about the choice, partly because he named and patterned the characted after his own father. Roy Huggins thought Cannell was so intent because they looked alike, but Cannell said he thought Beery would be the best one to capture the simultaneous love and warmth with bemusement at his son's work. Beery was already committed (I think to Doc Elliott), so had to turn it down, but the timing worked out after the pilot was picked up.
Posted February 12 2009 - 04:52 PM
You had to have a lovable actor like Beery in that role. I was just watching "The Hawiian Headache" last night and if they would have had any actor other than Beery driving Rockford nuts like that the father character would really have come off annoying.
Posted February 12 2009 - 11:39 PM
I agree completely. Beery was nowhere near old enough to be James Garner's father, but it didn't matter because that warmth Cannell wanted infused their every scene together, even as the characters might be annoying each other.