Flipper (1964–1967)
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Flipper and the Shark Cage 

Bud disobeys his father and breaks a lot of rules, putting himself in grave danger inside a shark cage on the bottom of the ocean without anyone's knowledge.

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Bud disobeys his father and breaks a lot of rules, putting himself in grave danger inside a shark cage on the bottom of the ocean without anyone's knowledge.

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5 February 1966 (USA)  »

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Realistic looking rescue
27 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

Once again Bud throws caution to the wind and gets into a spot of trouble this time major trouble. The boys intentions are usually good; the ultimate birthday present for Dad - lead ingots from a deserted shark cage. Flipper uses a newly installed bad weather bell to alert Porter and Sandy to Bud's plight as the cage topples onto the entry gate trapping Bud.

The shark cage rescue is very realistic. The cage is obviously heavy and too much for Porter and Sandy to lift and Bud's failure to do his chores meant the air tanks weren't filled leaving Bud's rescuers with very little time.

One minor editing glitch. Sandy arrives with Porter in dry cut down jean shorts and is getting ready to put his dive gear on. The camera cuts to Porter and Bud underwater and then back to Sandy who clearly has yet to jump in the water and yet the next shot has him dripping wet and with his jean shorts darkened after being immersed in water. Minor I know.

The tension mounts as Sandy revs the boat in an attempt to pull the shark cage over and even with that and Porter's lifting, its touch and go. Bud manages to squeeze out and it looks in real life to be extremely tight and in the story he's pretty much out of air.

There are a number of touching moments - Sandy and Porter discussing how he sees his boys. Porter's birthday present at the end is a lovely touch as is his willingness to forgive Bud. I know its kind of cheesy the way the boys are to their Dad at times because kids these days seem less formal but one of the endearing features of the Flipper show is the close bond that the boys have with their Dad, their willingness to show it and the old fashioned respect they usually give him.


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