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19 September 1964 (USA) See more »
Dive into a world full of wonder with the King of the Sea! (Season One DVD)
Ranger Porter Ricks is responsible for the animal and human life in Coral Key Park, Florida. Stories center on his 15-year-old son Sandy and 10-year-old Bud and, especially, on their pet dolphin Flipper.
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Brian Kelly ... Porter Ricks (88 episodes, 1964-1967)

Luke Halpin ... Sandy Ricks (88 episodes, 1964-1967)
Tommy Norden ... Bud Ricks (88 episodes, 1964-1967)

Flipper ... Dolphin (88 episodes, 1964-1967)

Series Directed by
Ricou Browning (37 episodes, 1964-1967)
Stanley Z. Cherry (8 episodes, 1965)
Joe Gannon (8 episodes, 1966-1967)
Paul Landres (6 episodes, 1965-1966)
Hollingsworth Morse (5 episodes, 1964-1965)
Leon Benson (5 episodes, 1964)
Andrew Marton (5 episodes, 1965)
Frank McDonald (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Marshall Thompson (4 episodes, 1965)
Herman Hoffman (2 episodes, 1964)
Brian Kelly (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Edward Haldeman (2 episodes, 1967)
Series Writing credits
Maria Little (39 episodes, 1965-1967)
Jack Cowden (34 episodes, 1964-1966)
Ricou Browning (33 episodes, 1964-1966)
James Buxbaum (15 episodes, 1965-1967)
Peter L. Dixon (10 episodes, 1964-1967)
Monroe Manning (9 episodes, 1965-1967)
Laird Koenig (7 episodes, 1964-1967)
Stanley H. Silverman (7 episodes, 1964-1967)
Orville H. Hampton (6 episodes, 1964-1965)
Lee Erwin (5 episodes, 1964-1965)
Art Arthur (4 episodes, 1964-1966)
Ernest Spaulding (3 episodes, 1964-1966)
Leonard B. Kaufman (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Arthur Weiss (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Robert Lees (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Jess Carneol (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Kay Lenard (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Ivan Tors (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Richard Tuber (2 episodes, 1965)

Series Produced by
Ivan Tors .... executive producer / producer (88 episodes, 1964-1967)
James Buxbaum .... producer (58 episodes, 1965-1967)
Ricou Browning .... associate producer: in charge of underwater operations (30 episodes, 1964-1965)
Joe Gannon .... associate producer (30 episodes, 1965-1966)
Edward Haldeman .... co-producer (26 episodes, 1966-1967)
Leon Benson .... producer (9 episodes, 1964)
Leonard B. Kaufman .... producer (5 episodes, 1964)
Andrew Marton .... producer (3 episodes, 1965)
Series Original Music by
Henry Vars (53 episodes, 1964-1966)
Samuel Matlovsky (28 episodes, 1966-1967)
Ruby Raksin (15 episodes, 1966)
Series Cinematography by
Howard Winner (49 episodes, 1965-1967)
Clifford H. Poland Jr. (29 episodes, 1964-1965)
Lamar Boren (7 episodes, 1964)
Edmund Gibson (3 episodes, 1967)
Series Film Editing by
Charles Craft (28 episodes, 1964-1966)
Stan Gilbert (26 episodes, 1964-1967)
Erwin Dumbrille (15 episodes, 1966-1967)
John B. Woelz (14 episodes, 1964-1965)
Warren Adams (6 episodes, 1964-1966)
Harold V. McKenzie (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
John A. Martinelli (3 episodes, 1967)
Series Production Management
Ben Chapman .... production supervisor (59 episodes, 1964-1966)
Stanley Colbert .... executive in charge of production (26 episodes, 1966-1967)
Edward Haldeman .... unit manager (22 episodes, 1965-1966)
Erwin Dumbrille .... post-production supervisor (10 episodes, 1966-1967)
Stan Gilbert .... post-production supervisor (3 episodes, 1967)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerry Rich .... assistant director (47 episodes, 1965-1967)
Edward Haldeman .... assistant director (38 episodes, 1964-1966)
Gordon McLean .... assistant director (30 episodes, 1965-1967)
Gayle DeCamp .... assistant director (21 episodes, 1966-1967)
Ben Chapman .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1965)
Steve Barnett .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1965-1967)
Frank Simpson .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1967)
Series Sound Department
Howard Warren .... sound recorder / sound recordist / ... (88 episodes, 1964-1967)
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor (59 episodes, 1964-1966)
Series Stunts
Denis Weaver Sr. .... stunt double: Luke Halpin (1 episode, 1966)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jordan Klein Sr. .... director of underwater photography (46 episodes, 1964-1966)
Lamar Boren .... director of underwater photography (28 episodes, 1966-1967)
Series Editorial Department
John D. Dunning .... supervising film editor / editoral supervisor (59 episodes, 1964-1966)
Blake Jones .... colorist (15 episodes, 1964)
Series Music Department
Henry Vars .... composer: theme music / composer: "Flipper" theme / ... (88 episodes, 1964-1967)
'By' Dunham .... composer: theme music / composer: "Flipper" theme (83 episodes, 1964-1967)
Al Mack .... music supervisor (59 episodes, 1964-1966)
Frankie Randall .... singer: theme song (5 episodes, 1965)
Series Other crew
Maria Little .... story executive (59 episodes, 1964-1966)
Norman Siegel .... assistant: Ivan Tors / assistant to executive producer (56 episodes, 1964-1966)
Joe Gannon .... assistant to producer / production assistant (30 episodes, 1964-1965)
Jack Cowden .... assistant to producer (30 episodes, 1965-1966)
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. [us] (5 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Thanks
Irvin Stephens .... acknowledgment: we offer our appreciation and gratitude for their cooperation, U. S. Coast Guard, Seventh Coast Guard District, Miami, Florida (1 episode, 1964)

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30 min (88 episodes)
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:Atp | Canada:G (Canadian Home Video rating) | Singapore:G | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating)

Did You Know?

The third show of Season 1 (SOS Dolphin) was filmed one year earlier (1963) as a pilot immediately after they filmed the last sequence for the second feature movie "Flipper's New Adventure" - Luke Halpin is wearing the same red t-shirt in the last scene of the movie and the opening scenes of the TV show.See more »
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
All those years ago......., 2 April 2003
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

My,My,My..........All Those years ago!!!!!!!!!! Its amazes me that this show isn't shown anymore on either of the cable networks. The last time it shown was for one back in the mid 90's on the kids channel Nickelodeon,then was seen on The Family Channel,and then later on Animal Planet. Nowadays,it is being shown on one of those Discovery Kids channels if it ever comes on. Do I remember singing the theme song?

"They call him Flipper,Flipper,faster than lightning,no one you see is smarter than he,and we know Flipper lives in a world of wonder,finding them under,under the sea".

For one,you had two kids who were living in paradise. Their pet was an highly intelligent dolphin who was the kids family pet,and by the way,any kids dream pet!

Second,there was no mom around,so it was up to the father who looked after the kids,who was the park ranger of a Florida park and coral reef who was responsible for looking after the kids and Flipper.

Third,you had Bud(played by Luke Halpin)who was the oldest and you had the youngest one Bud(played by Tommy Norden)and their father(played by Brian Kelly). Also the show was very exciting to watch since it had some breathtaking underwater photography that was ever seen and in some of the episodes it was fascinating to look at all shot in color! And action? Lots of it including some very famous guest stars that were on the show like Andy Devine,Marshall Thompson and a young looking Burt Reynolds.

Fourth,the series ran for three seasons on NBC-TV(from 1964-67),and after which when the series went off the air,actor Brian Kelly was in a terrible accident,which to this day was never heard from again,until 30 years later in a new version of the series which came out in 1995.

Finally,this was a great kids show and also for adults as well. My,so many years ago.

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