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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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Ivan Tors (story), Ricou Browning (characters) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Luke Halpin ... Sandy Ricks
Pamela Franklin ... Penny
Helen Cherry ... Julia
Tom Helmore ... Sir Halsey Hopewell
Francesca Annis ... Gwen
Brian Kelly ... Porter Ricks
Joe Higgins ... L.C. Porett
Lloyd Battista ... Gil
Gordon Dilworth Gordon Dilworth ... Sea Captain
Courtney Brown Courtney Brown ... Convict
William Cooley William Cooley ... Second Convict
Dan Chandler Dan Chandler ... Coast Guard Commander
Ricou Browning ... Dr. Burton
Richard O'Barry ... Veterinarian (as Ric O'Feldman)
Robert Baldwin ... Veterinarian


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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Release Date:

19 November 1964 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Flipper and the Pirates See more »

Filming Locations:

Bahamas See more »

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Production Co:

Ivan Tors Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)
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Did You Know?


In Producer Ivan Tors' book "My Life in the Wild" he tells how they got the dolphin star of the movie (Suzy) to attack the pirate underwater when dolphins are naturally non violent. Even though one of the directors Ricou Browning was close to Suzy, them having worked together for many months, when Ricou put on the pirate's stripped shirt and brandished a rubber knife in her direction, she realized what was expected and began to swim aggressively at Ricou swimming back and forth in close passes just as is captured in that scene in the movie. See more »


In the scene after Sandy leaves his home, he's supposed to be in the middle of the ocean, but in the opening shot, Flipper is seen swimming near a dock which can be seen at the top left of the screen. See more »


Sandy Ricks: Say, you fight pretty good.
Penny Hopewell: You were lucky. You should see me when i've had enough to eat.
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Dumb, no wonder a kid and a dolphin take them
3 December 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

For Flipper's New Adventure the writers at MGM came together and mixed the plots of The Admirable Crichton and The Desperate Hours and came up with a story that is cute and entertaining, but also for juveniles. I don't think any adults would buy it. A little bit of Bomba the Jungle Boy thrown in as well.

One phone call to his father who was studying to be a Park Ranger after giving up his career as a fisherman from the first Flipper movie might have eased Luke Halpin's concern for his pet. But he hears some folks from the Miami Seaquarium are going to take Flipper and so he runs away and finds a nice island off the Florida coast to live or at least until the Seaquarium folks go away.

Of course if Luke had made that phone call to Brian Kelly playing his father for the first time, he and Flipper would not have been around to help Tom Helmore's family who are stranded on the same island. He's been kidnapped for the use of his boat by three escaped convicts and they strand Helen Cherry and daughters Francesca Annis and Pamela Franklin on the island Luke took refuge on.

Here's where it gets really dumb. These three are fugitives being hunted by law enforcement and they hit upon the brilliant scheme of holding Helmore and family for a getaway insurance. So they go back to that island and take them all save Halpin whom they don't know about. Absolutely brilliant, these clowns would have killed Helmore and kept on going with that cabin cruiser of his in real life. No wonder a kid and a dolphin take them.

A bit unbelievable for adults, strictly for kids is Flipper's New Adventure.

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