Irving the Explainer
The Rockford Files

Coburn opens with a bit of dazzle, the camera spins slowly in on a yellow rose with a microphone hidden inside it, all the while a woman’s voice is speaking off-camera.

The story is about a missing Watteau (Pilgrimage to Avignon, 1789) owned by Marie Antoinette and Hermann Goering, purloined by a courier, and thought to be held by the director of The Bloody Sky and Hell on Wilshire Boulevard.

There is a murder that changes hands more than once, a daughter, a lover, an art dealer (the eponymous Irving), the Abwehr, the Sūreté, and El Cid Productions, formerly on Ivar Street, now in a Studio City apartment.