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Flipper's New Adventure (1964)

Boy Sandy and Dolphin Flipper are in the Bahamas where they pester a bunch of outlaws holding an English family captive.



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Complete credited cast:
Helen Cherry ...
Sir Halsey Hopewell
L.C. Porett
Lloyd Battista ...
Gordon Dilworth ...
Sea Captain
Courtney Brown ...
William Cooley ...
Second Convict
Dan Chandler ...
Coast Guard Commander
Dr. Burton
Veterinarian (as Ric O'Feldman)


While widowed Porter Ricks is away at school learning to be a park ranger, his teen-aged son, Sandy, under adult supervision from a neighbor, remains at the family home in the Florida Keys with his pet dolphin, Flipper. While Po (as Porter is called by most) is away, Sandy learns that the family home, built on state land, is being torn down to make way for a highway. In turn, Sandy would be sent to live with relatives, while Flipper would be sent to the seaquarium permanently. Not wanting to be separated from Flipper, Sandy, using his skiff, runs away with Flipper. A distraught Po returns home to look for his son. Meanwhile, the Hopewell family from Britain are vacationing in the area. Their sailboat is hijacked by three escaped convicts, who take the father, Halsey, hostage, and set the three Hopewell women - mother Julia, and teen-aged daughters Gwen and Penny - adrift, they who eventually land on the island where Sandy is hiding. Not wanting to be detected since he doesn't want to ... Written by Huggo

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Here comes Flipper the fearless... he's back with some brand new friends, new fun, new thrills, as he tackles a band of desperate pirates!


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19 November 1964 (Mexico)  »

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Flipper and the Pirates  »

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Did You Know?


On March 30, 1964 Luke Halpin appeared as a celebrity contestant on the long running show "To Tell The Truth" alongside two others young men pretending to be him. The four panelists ask questions of the three contestants to try and find the real Luke Halpin. Luke starred with the dolphin 'Mitzi' in the original "Flipper" movie and with 'Suzie' in "Flipper's New Adventure". He was asked which of the two dolphins he preferred and he answered Mitzi because she was more affectionate. See more »


When flipper flips the second convict's boat, he's swimming in deep water, but from the shot where he's flipped, it's obvious the water is waist deep. See more »


Gil Bates: Hey, you know who this guy is? I've just been going through his papers. Sir Halsey Hopewell. Oh, excuse me, ah, 'The Sir Halsey Hopewell'. One of the worlds great airplane builders and designers, worth 10 million dollars. Honored by 6 Governments. Yeah, we got ourselves a real prize here.
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Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 30 March 1964 (1964) See more »


By 'By' Dunham and Henry Vars
Performed by Chris Crosby
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Luke's Lagoon
16 September 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Luke Halpin (as Sandy Ricks) is home alone when he's informed said home is going to be taken away by the state of Florida; apparently, the state has let the land to the Ricks family, and they need it back. Mr. Halpin's father Brian Kelly (as Porter Ricks) is away, and mother Martha has passed away since the original "Flipper" (1963). Halpin is majorly concerned, because losing the home means losing the shore where he lives with pet dolphin Flipper.

Halpin and Flipper run away from home; incredibly, they find an isolated island nearby, and take up residence. AND, wouldn't you know it? - kidnappers are also nearby; they snag a British father, and let his wife Helen Perry (as Julia) and daughters Pamela Franklin (as Penny) & Francesca Annis (as Gwen) drift to Halpin's island paradise. Ms. Franklin performs well as Halpin's emerging co-star. Halpin's performance is touching; he and Flipper carry the film.

With all of the newness and nuances gone, this sequel is certainly not up to the original. The story is so wildly implausible, Flipper should have shouted, "RE-WRITE!" Just for starters, Ms. Perry and "Gwen" must have very poor vision, hearing, and critical thinking skills not to figure out about Halpin. And, the songs are awfully lush. The ending holds some excitement, if you last. Halpin is still cute - older by a few years, due to the first "Flipper" being on the shelf for a few years. Flipper is still cute, too; and, TV father Brian Kelly is on board, replacing Chuck Connors as father Ricks.

**** Flipper's New Adventure (6/24/64) Leon Benson ~ Luke Halpin, Pamela Franklin, Brian Kelly

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