Ranger Porter Ricks is responsible for the animal and human life in Coral Key Park, Florida. Stories center on his 15-year-old son Sandy and 10-year-old Bud and, especially, on their pet dolphin Flipper (played by Suzy).
Season 1 Ep. 4: The Gulf Between
Sandy is excited when his Dad’s girlfriend invites Porter and the boys to attend Sunday dinner at her ritzy and new upscale condo, the “Imperial Jade” apartments. Little Bud is less than thrilled. Bud doesn’t really care for his Dad’s love interest – especially her high-rise lifestyle. Not to mention that she is not really that fond of Flipper. Porter reassures Bud that no matter what woman may be in his life, he and Sandy will always be the main priorities in his life. Bud is out paddling with Flipper when a storm blows in and he gets trapped in a underwater cave. Flipper points the way to Bud, while Porter’s girlfriend dives in to help him. As a result, Bud seems to be more accepting of her than he was before.
Flipper was a show about a game ranger named Porter Ricks, and his two sons, Sandy and Bud. The show centers around a precocious pet dolphin, named Flipper, and all their adventures. The show ran for three seasons, and they stopped making new episodes in 1967.
The series was a spin off of the feature film “Flipper” in 1963. The film had a sequel, “Flipper’s New Adventure” in 1964. A new Flipper TV series appeared for a short time in the 1990s. A feature film also entitled “Flipper” was released in 1996, starring Paul Hogan as Porter Ricks, and Elijah Wood as his nephew, Sandy, and of course, Flipper. The original Flipper was named Mitzi and she lived from 1958 to 1972. The dolphin had died of a heart attack. Flipper had a stunt double (Mr. Gipper) to do all of the tail walking.
Cast and Crew:
Brian Kelly, Luke Halpin and Tommy Norden
Director: Hollingsworth Morse
Production Company: Ivan Tors Productions, MGM Television
Original Air Date: 1964
Audio & Video: Mono – Color
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Flipper in IMDB
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