How to cross your eyes, James Garner style

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“Valley Girl” cult teen rom-com actress Lee Purcell summons the inane life lesson that James Garner taught her between takes of a 1974 episode of “The Rockford Files” called “The Dexter Files.” Garner is seen above as the exasperated, albeit charming private eye Jim Rockford in NBC’s Emmy-winning ratings juggernaut circa 1976. Image Credit: NBCUniversal
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Detective Jim Rockford [James Garner] examines a photo of Susan Parsons [Lee Purcell], who unscrupulously decided to steal her lover’s briefcase full of $225,000 in cash, during “The Dexter Crisis,” a 1974 episode of “The Rockford Files.” Image Credit: Screengrab / NBCUniversal
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Super sexy Lee Purcell portrays a millionaire’s mistress on the lam in “The Dexter Crisis,” an episode from the debut season of “The Rockford Files” broadcast on November 15, 1974. Image Credit: Screengrab / NBCUniversal
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Detective Jim Rockford [James Garner] and millionaire’s mistress Susan Parsons [Lee Purcell] take an uncomfortable drive through the Nevada desert in “The Dexter Crisis,” a cool episode of “The Rockford Files” broadcast on November 15, 1974. Image Credit: Screengrab / NBCUniversal
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Millionaire’s mistress Susan Parsons [Lee Purcell] is about to lose her cool as Detective Jim Rockford [James Garner] interrogates her in “The Dexter Crisis,” a well-received episode of “The Rockford Files” broadcast on November 15, 1974. Image Credit: Screengrab / NBCUniversal
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“The Dexter Files,” a high octane episode from the 1974 debut season of “The Rockford Files,” James Garner’s influential detective series. Private eye Jim Rockford becomes a wary ally of Susan Parsons [Lee Purcell], a scheming millionaire’s mistress. Image Credit: NBCUniversal / screengrab
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After stealing a briefcase full of cash, millionaire’s mistress Susan Parsons [Lee Purcell] reflects on her nefarious life on the lam as Detective Jim Rockford [James Garner] interrogates her in “The Dexter Crisis,” a 1974 episode of “The Rockford Files.” Image Credit: Screengrab / NBCUniversal
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Detective Jim Rockford [James Garner] escorts millionaire’s mistress Susan Parsons [Lee Purcell] to her hotel room in Las Vegas in “The Dexter Crisis,” an episode of “The Rockford Files” broadcast on November 15, 1974. Image Credit: Screengrab / NBCUniversal
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And then they kiss! James Garner and guest starring actress Lee Purcell appear in “The Dexter Files,” a rollicking caper taken from the first influential season of “The Rockford Files,” broadcast on November 15, 1974. Image Credit: Screengrab / NBCUniversal

Visit Amazon Prime Video to watch “The Dexter Files,” a November 15, 1974, episode from season one of “The Rockford Files.” Created by Roy Huggins and Stephen J. Cannell, the witty detective series reached a high of No. 12 in the Nielsen ratings during its debut season.

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