- THE ITALIAN BIRD FIASCO
Original Air Date: February 13, 1976
Synopsis. William Daniels stars as Thomas Caine, a shady dealer in objets d’art. Caine hires Rockford to purchase a valuable cormorant modeled after one of three priceless originals by Italian sculptor Giacopo Lambrighni. Rockford doesn’t realize that Caine’s true interest lies in recovering a fortune in stolen jewelry that he had smuggled inside a series of imitation Lambrighni birds.
William Daniels previously co-starred with James Garner in Marlowe (1969); he later played the unscrupulous federal prosecutor who violates Rockford’s civil rights in “So Help Me God,” the third-season episode for which James Garner won the Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic TV Series in 1977.
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