- FIND ME IF YOU CAN
Original Air Date: November 1, 1974
Synopsis. Barbara Kelbaker (played by Joan Van Ark) approaches Rockford with an unusual request: she wants to hire him to find out if she can be “found.” But Barbara refuses to explain why—she doesn’t even give Rockford her real name—because she’s frightened for her life. Barbara witnessed her boyfriend, Denver crime lord Ralph Correll (Paul Michael Glaser), murder a man. Barbara believes that Correll is after her, and she figures that if Rockford can find her, so can Correll.
Known around the world as Valene Ewing on Dallas and Knots Landing, Joan Van Ark was among the actresses under consideration for the part of Mildred Elias in the Rockford Files pilot. We’ll see her again in “Resurrection in Black and White” and “There’s One in Every Port.”
Enjoy the podcast of our conversation in which Joan discusses the advice that James Garner once gave her, early in her career.
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