Flipper (1964–1967)
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300 Feet Below 

Bud plays catch with flipper, teaching him how to retrieve items from the ocean floor. An SOS comes through; Bill Darmon has been attacked by a shark and needs blood urgently. Porter ... See full summary »


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Tommy Norden ...
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Bud plays catch with flipper, teaching him how to retrieve items from the ocean floor. An SOS comes through; Bill Darmon has been attacked by a shark and needs blood urgently. Porter contacts the Coast Guard to arrange the blood delivery before going out with Bud to rescue Bill. The helicopter arrives but during the transfer the blood is lost overboard. A number of attempts are made to retrieve it but a persistent shark stops all efforts till Flipper comes to the rescue, fights off the shark and brings the blood up. Written by glen_chapman <chapman_glen@yahoo.com>

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Adventure | Family




Release Date:

19 September 1964 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Season 1 was filmed in the summer of 1964 when Luke Halpin was already 17 but a pilot of the series was filmed a year earlier when Luke was 16 immediately after he completed filming the second Flipper movie "Flipper's New Adventure". It became Episode 3 of Season 1 and the age difference of Halpin and co star Norden between Episode 3 and the Episodes 1 and 2 before it is obvious. See more »


As Elena straps on a SCUBA tank to go after the blood, Porter tells her that she can't make it as the water is 300' deep. At that depth, the pressure is approximately 10 atmospheres or 147 pounds per square inch. The container and its contents would have been crushed like an eggshell. See more »


Sandy Ricks: Gee Flipper, you're the greatest. You and my kid brother!
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Sandy, Bud, and Flipper Take Off on TV
26 September 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Porter Ricks (Brian Kelly), and sons Sandy (Luke Halpin) and Bud (Tommy Norden) receive a distress call from shark attack victim William Traylor (as Bill Darmon). In her hot pink one-piece bathing suit, Jessica Walter is supporting, as Traylor's wife Elena - she reveals the couple had been quarreling, and were ready to separate, before the shark attack. They must get the wounded man an immediate blood A- type transfusion. A box of blood plasma is flown in, but is accidentally dropped into the ocean; when Ricks dives in to retrieve it, the menacing shark reappears…

This is the third "Flipper" story released, and the first of the episodic TV series. It follows films "Flipper" (1963) and "Flipper's New Adventure" (1964). The series continues to feature beautiful color location photography - over, and under, water. Attractive Mr. Halpin and Mr. Kelly are joined by new cast member Tommy Norden, as Sandy's "kid brother" Bud. This episode's distinctive highlight is seeing Flipper and Sandy dive from a Coast Guard helicopter into the water.

***** 300 Feet Below (9/19/64) Hollingsworth Morse ~ Brian Kelly, Luke Halpin, Tommy Norden

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