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 Posted:   Jun 2, 2008 - 10:19 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

A Man’s Man and an Actor’s Ace Department:

And we're just gettin' started on his accolades ... wink

 Posted:   Jun 2, 2008 - 5:26 PM   
 By:   TheSaint   (Member)

You realize that James Garner is not in that 1st photo?

 Posted:   Jun 2, 2008 - 6:10 PM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

James Garner...

Genial yet masculine. Smart and serious, yet willing to make fun of himself. Funny and charismatic.

ROCKFORD FILES is his magnum opus (or one could argue MAVERICK), and I wouldn't trade it for the world - it's classic television. But there's a small part of me that wishes Garner had become a true leading man in motion pictures... he certainly had it in him.

One wonders if the mixed reception of GRAND PRIX derailed his career in features...

 Posted:   Jun 2, 2008 - 6:27 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

You realize that James Garner is not in that 1st photo?

I wondered 'bout that m'sel'. 'Reckon ol' Beauregard Moore'n them other fellas is three Mavericks too many fer that there town.

 Posted:   Jun 2, 2008 - 7:50 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

He Is Now Department:

Thanks for the correction, gang. One'a the merry munchkins who does our research musta overdosed on that vanilla bubble gum sasparilla ... wink

 Posted:   Jun 2, 2008 - 7:56 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Interesting conjecture, Phil; our take on that is this:

Whereas his buddy/rival (McQueen's terminal insecurity meant he hadda be rivals with everybody) made the transition from small to big-screen - and STAYED there - there are some actors who're more effective in mediums more compatible with their persona.

Which doesn't mean his accomplishment is any less admirable - just definitively different.

(And, mebbe 'cause it was an a'bornin' influence whilst growing In - never "up" - we've gotta give a slight nudge to his immortal Brother Bret over jovial Jim of Rockford. Apples and oranges, granted, yet both bee-U-tiful fruit) ... wink

 Posted:   Jun 3, 2008 - 3:15 AM   
 By:   Olivier   (Member)

Let me see which of his movies I have seen...

The Great Escape
It's one of those movies I watched a lot as a kid-- not just for garner, as there are several great characters/actors, but "Scrounger" Hendley was one of those I preferred.

Duel at Diablo
I have it on DVD, but have not watched it yet.

Support Your Local Sheriff!
I watched the DVD a few weeks ago. Garner makes the movie; it's a relatively good little comedy western, but more in the "okay" than "great" category.
The red line in the jail (with a red blotch!) has to be one of the very best moments, if not the best one.

Victor Victoria
An excellent comedy! Hilarious. Great songs, too.

Maverick (1994)
I saw it on TV several years ago and wish they would release a SE DVD; I don't remember that much, but it was pretty funny.

Space Cowboys
Another good one.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Darnit, I didn't even know he did one of the voices; I'll have to watch it again soon.

Roughing It
I have not watched the DVD yet, but I love Broughton's score; it's easily one of my top favorite scores of his.

I have never seen any episode of The Rockford Files. frown

That's a lot of comedies I have featuring him: how representative is it?
Garner is a great one for comedy, indeed (comedy with a certain deadpan class in his attitude, that is); even as Scrounger he is not too serious; he always has this slightly detached and amused attitude, a twinkle in the eye.
A very likeable actor.

 Posted:   Jun 3, 2008 - 4:34 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Garner is one of my very favorites. Last year I picked up a print of SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF. The opening scene has a long shot of a building - "Madame Orr's House". Garner used to complain loudly about being tied to his contract at Warner Bros. Television in the Bill Orr unit. What a delicious jibe this was!!!

 Posted:   Jun 3, 2008 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

A superb actor ... one of my favourites (defined as being: I'll watch a film because of the actor) and I can't think of a performance which left me thinking I wish another actor had taken the role.

I think he was wonderful in films like Move Over, Darling, Duel At Diablo, The Americanisation Of Emily, Hour Of The Gun, Grand Prix and Support Your Local Sheriff! but the list carries on.

I recently watched him, as a much older man, in One Special Night ... his re-teaming with the lovely Julie Andrews was wonderful.

And his lead role in Decoration Day with Bill Cobbs resulted in one of the best TV movies ever.

He was great with Bruce Willis in Sunset and his smaller roles in films like Maverick help an entertaining film become memorable.

Perhaps he never quite got the A-list roles taken by the likes of Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood and Sean Connery but I'm usually much happier (some exceptions, of course) watching a film starring James Garner than any of those big stars.

 Posted:   Jun 3, 2008 - 5:44 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

If you was the producer of a "Music from the movies of James Garner" CD. Which films would you say really must be represented and why?

 Posted:   Jun 3, 2008 - 6:22 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Mr. Garner's Favorite Department:


One of the most unforgettable, searing and sobering anti-PHILOSOPHY of War films ever made

(and still no less profoundly pertinent Now than Then - or Always) ... embarrassment

 Posted:   Jun 3, 2008 - 7:36 PM   
 By:   Cryogenix   (Member)


 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 4:39 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

I've always been a Rockford Files fan, and now I think I appreciate just how great James Garner is in it.

 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Here’s a Wunnerful Discovery - and Treat - to Check Out Department:

There’s a terrific James Garner tvoralhistory Interview (especially Part 6) on YouTube ( that’s chockful (no, not you wink!) of his deliciously candid comments on

Joanne Woodward,

And her partner


"Ah, McQueen. Crazy McQueenSteve was a wild kid, a wild kid; he didn’t know where he wanted to be or what he wanted to do".

He goes on to explicate how the latter didn’t speak to him for a year (and they were next-door neighbors at the time) when Mr. Garner replaced him in

‘cause - gee, and why ain’t this a lightning surprise - McQueen couldn’t get along with director John Frankenheimer. Oh, hell, give a listen – you’ll get an earful.

There’s also the previously unknown revelation Mr. Garner plays a pivotal, unbilled role in

Well - how's that for deepness? wink - worth listening to ... smile

 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

What's the name of that TV show he's doing nowadays, where he plays the grandfather? I think Al Bundy's wife plays his daughter. It's not a show I watch, but I've seen a few minutes now and then, and he always comes out very good!

 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 11:24 AM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

Don't forget that Dennis Dugan stole the Rockford Files show whenever he appeared as Richie Brockelman, Private Eye. Loved it!


 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

As for Dennis Dugan, we really need to watch some more Rockford;
we didn't know his character appeared on that - so did his show come afterward?
And do you remember him as Captain Freedom on Hill Street?

Geez, Sis, we're sorely impressed! Go get 'em, gal!big grin

 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 11:33 AM   
 By:   Musicman416   (Member)

I'm not too familiar with the Garner's body of work, but in thinking it over, I must say this: If Indiana Jones had been made in the '60s, Garner should've played him.

 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 11:39 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Lovely supposition - now THAT would've been something worth seeing! ... big grin

 Posted:   Nov 20, 2011 - 1:44 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

It’s been far too long since we paid any attention to this primo performer

or revisited his endlessly-charming

merrily mischievious creative coupling

with equally entertaining Ms. Hartley,

let alone time-traveling bak to his seminal character and overall career -

all leading up to what ya gotta gift someone with (startin’ with yerself) this holiday season:

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