Flipper (1964–1967)
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S.O.S Dolphin 

Flipper saves a marine doctor poisoned by a fish sting.


Leon Benson


Art Arthur, Ricou Browning (creator) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview:
Brian Kelly ... Porter Ricks
Luke Halpin ... Sandy Ricks
Tommy Norden Tommy Norden ... Bud Ricks
Flipper ... Flipper
John Lasell John Lasell ... Dr. Rothwell
Linda Bennett Linda Bennett ... 'Grandma' Hadley


Porter is given orders to close the park and waits for a scientist to come explain the reason. After he yells at Porter for allowing his boys to swim in the water, the Dr. explains that it had discovered that a very poisonous fish had been the cause of death of a man the week before. Unfortunately, Flipper misunderstand the man's intentions and tries to prevent him from removing the fish. During the struggle, the scientist get's stung. Nor Porter and Flipper must rescue him before time runs out. Written by Michelle P.

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Adventure | Family







Release Date:

3 October 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Porter Ricks: Doctor, where I go, my boys go and right now that's right here.
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Piloting Flipper
26 September 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Sandy (Luke Halpin), Bud (Tommy Norden), and Flipper are playing around underwater, and are startled by the appearance of a small submarine. It's John Lasell, playing a poisonous fish specialist; he is looking for the poisonous "scorpion fish" in the area, and emerges to ask Ricks (Brian Kelly) why he's allowed his sons to swim in the dangerous waters. The scorpion fish has already killed; and, a chance encounter with the sea creature might have killed Bud or Sandy. Ricks did not know of the danger, and orders his sons to stay out of the water. Mr. Lasell returns to his search, but is bothered by Flipper, who is in a playful mood. When he tries to shoo Flipper away, Lasell accidentally comes into deadly contact with the scorpion fish. By the time he reaches his sub, the poison has rendered him helpless…

Since this is the first-filmed "pilot" episode of the TV series, there is a "showcase" feel to some of the footage, which is nice, albeit unnecessary for the story. The family dog present appears in a few early episodes. Also, notice the title song is different; by the series premiere-aired episode, it was improved upon. Linda Bennett appears as an attractive woman Ricks wards off the quarantined beach; she was obviously included as a romantic interest for Porter Ricks. Lasell (later memorable as Dr. Peter Guthrie on "Dark Shadows") performs well; the fact that Flipper is responsible for his mishap seems somehow inappropriate.

**** S.O.S. Dolphin (10/3/64) Leon Benson ~ Brian Kelly, Luke Halpin, Tommy Norden

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