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Flipper (1963)

Sandy is distraught when, having saved Flipper by pulling out a spear, his father insists the dolphin be released. A grateful Flipper, however, returns the favor when Sandy is threatened by Sharks.

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James B. Clark

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Ricou Browning (story), Jack Cowden (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chuck Connors ... Porter Ricks
Luke Halpin ... Sandy Ricks
Connie Scott ... Kim Parker
Jane Rose Jane Rose ... Hettie White
Joe Higgins ... Mr. L.C. Porett
Robertson White Robertson White ... Mr. Abrams
George Applewhite George Applewhite ... Sheriff Rogers
Kathleen Maguire ... Martha Ricks
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mitzie Mitzie ... Flipper
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Storyline

The Florida Keys have been hit by hard times of late. First, a red plague kills off much of the fish in the area. And second, Hurricane Hazel unexpectedly changes course to hit the Keys. Regardless, the Ricks family - fisherman father Po (short for Porter), wife Martha, their preteen son Sandy, and Sandy's pet pelican Pete - live in all its aspects by the sea, even during these hard times. When Sandy witnesses the accidental spearing of a dolphin, he, on his own, decides to find the dolphin to put it out of its misery. Upon finding the injured dolphin, Sandy, not having the heart to shoot him, decides instead to tow the dolphin home. With some care and love, Sandy and Martha nurse the dolphin back to health. Sandy wants to keep the dolphin, who he's named Flipper, but Po ultimately releases Flipper, who he sees as "the enemy": a creature who is on the hunt for whatever short supply of fish there are around the Keys. But Po learns that friends - what Flipper and Sandy are to each other... Written by Huggo

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The wonderful story of a boy and his amazing underwater friend! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nestašni delfin See more »

Filming Locations:

Grassy Key, Florida, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ivan Tors Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Ivan Tors was the famous producer of numerous popular family friendly TV shows and movies in the 1950's and 60's including both Flipper movies and the TV series. He had 3 sons Steven, Peter and David. In the scene in the Flipper movie where Sandy has Flipper perform tricks in front of a crowd of neighborhood kids (who pay to get in by donating a fish), Ivan had his oldest son Steven (then aged 8) be one of the extras. He is the third seated boy to the right of Luke Halpin who is standing directing Flipper. See more »

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When Sandy is looking for the injured Flipper, Sandy swims under water. He then gets back in the boat and his hair is dry. See more »

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Porter Ricks: [Porter consoles his wife about possibly losing their home in the hurricane] The boat is safe; we can always build another house.
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'Everyone Loves the King of the Sea'
7 December 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Our friends in the sea the dolphins get their due in this family film about a young boy who saves a dolphin and the dolphin returns the favor. Succinctly put that is the plot of Flipper.

Enough has been studied and written about how next to humans, the dolphin is the most intelligent creature on this planet, some might opt the dolphin is more intelligent. You can sure prove it by what you see with this particular dolphin.

Chuck Connors and Kathleen Maguire are the parents of Luke Halpin. Connors is a commercial fisherman, but a fish plague of sorts has decimated the fish population in his fishing grounds and those of the other fishermen. Making matters worse a hurricane appears as the film opens and Connors and Halpin have to beat it back to shore in the Florida Keys.

They make it, but the boat is severely damaged. While Connors looks to scrounge up work, Luke saves the life of a stranded dolphin who is on the beach with a spear in him. Pretty soon he's teaching him all kinds of tricks, but dolphins do eat a lot of fish and fish are scarce at this time.

I think you can see where this is all going. Doesn't detract from the fact that Flipper became one of the most popular family films of all time spawning two more films and a four year run television series all with Luke Halpin. By the time Flipper got to TV Halpin had grown a bit and his voice changed. His father's profession had changed from fisherman to park ranger and he was played by Brian Kelly. He also lost his mother and gained a younger brother. And Halpin became a bubblegum teen idol of the first order.

But for this original film the underwater photography was of Oscar type caliber and the acting chemistry between Halpin and the dolphin was good and unique. In fact some years ago I read that Halpin got the part for his swimming ability.

After 50 years Flipper holds up quite well for family viewing.


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