Flipper's New Adventure


1h 32m 1964
Flipper's New Adventure

Brief Synopsis

The heroic dolphin helps capture a group of escaped convicts.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
G
Genre
Adventure
Drama
Family
Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
Miami, Florida, opening: 27 May 1964
Production Company
Ivan Tors Films
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Metrocolor)

Synopsis

When Sandy Ricks learns that he is to be deprived of his pet dolphin, Flipper, he takes a rowboat and heads for a deserted island in the Florida Keys. Flipper tows the boat to the island after Sandy collapses from exhaustion. Nearby, three escaped convicts take over Sir Halsey Hopewell's yacht, keeping Hopewell aboard but sending his wife and daughters, Penny and Gwen, to the island where Sandy is hiding. Sandy remains under cover but arranges for Flipper to toss things the Hopewells will need for survival--fish, matches, knives, flashlight, and the like--up on the beach. Meanwhile, Sandy's father has begun a search for him. Sandy reveals himself to and befriends Penny but swears her to secrecy about his presence on the island. When the convicts learn that Hopewell is an influential millionaire, they return to the island and threaten to kill his family unless he arranges for their pardon. Sandy and Flipper battle the convicts and capture two of them. The third, just before he is captured, drives a knife into Flipper during an underwater fight. Hopewell radios the authorities, and the injured Flipper is flown to Miami. There he undergoes surgery, and Sandy and his father are reunited. Flipper recovers and Mr. Ricks tells Sandy that he will be able to keep his dolphin.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
G
Genre
Adventure
Drama
Family
Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
Miami, Florida, opening: 27 May 1964
Production Company
Ivan Tors Films
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Metrocolor)

Articles

Flipper's New Adventure -


It is not widely remembered that Flipper, dolphin hero of two feature films and a beloved 1964-1967 TV series, was the creation of Ricou Browning, the Florida diver turned Hollywood stuntman who played The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). Inspired by Lassie, Browning and co-writer Jack Cowden pitched the idea of a boy and his porpoise to producer Ivan Tors, whose own interests had segued from science fiction (The Magnetic Monster) to the wonders of the natural world (Underwater Warrior). With the backing of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Tors produced the feature length aquatic adventure Flipper (1963), whose popularity with moviegoers of all ages demanded a follow-up. Flipper's New Adventure (1964) brought back teen actor Luke Halpin as Flipper's best friend while Chuck Connors, who played Halpin's father in the original film (and was busy with his new weekly series Arrest and Trial) was replaced by Brian Kelly. Shifting its location from the Florida Keys to the Bahamas, Flipper's New Adventure pits its heroes against modern day pirates, from whose clutches must be rescued the tender likes of Francesca Annis (later Roman Polanski's Lady Macbeth) and Pamela Franklin (who had made her startling film debut in Jack Clayton's The Innocents). Halpin and Kelly reprised their roles for three seasons on the NBC spin-off series. Partially paralyzed in a 1970 motorcycle crash, Kelly transitioned from acting to producing and helped bring Philip K. Dick's sci-fi story "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" to the big screen as Blade Runner (1982).

By Richard Harland Smith
Flipper's New Adventure -

Flipper's New Adventure -

It is not widely remembered that Flipper, dolphin hero of two feature films and a beloved 1964-1967 TV series, was the creation of Ricou Browning, the Florida diver turned Hollywood stuntman who played The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). Inspired by Lassie, Browning and co-writer Jack Cowden pitched the idea of a boy and his porpoise to producer Ivan Tors, whose own interests had segued from science fiction (The Magnetic Monster) to the wonders of the natural world (Underwater Warrior). With the backing of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Tors produced the feature length aquatic adventure Flipper (1963), whose popularity with moviegoers of all ages demanded a follow-up. Flipper's New Adventure (1964) brought back teen actor Luke Halpin as Flipper's best friend while Chuck Connors, who played Halpin's father in the original film (and was busy with his new weekly series Arrest and Trial) was replaced by Brian Kelly. Shifting its location from the Florida Keys to the Bahamas, Flipper's New Adventure pits its heroes against modern day pirates, from whose clutches must be rescued the tender likes of Francesca Annis (later Roman Polanski's Lady Macbeth) and Pamela Franklin (who had made her startling film debut in Jack Clayton's The Innocents). Halpin and Kelly reprised their roles for three seasons on the NBC spin-off series. Partially paralyzed in a 1970 motorcycle crash, Kelly transitioned from acting to producing and helped bring Philip K. Dick's sci-fi story "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" to the big screen as Blade Runner (1982). By Richard Harland Smith

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Notes

Filmed on location in the Bahamas and Key Biscayne, Florida. Song sequences photographed at Parrot Jungle, Miami. Most sources disagree on the running time and list it variously from 92 min to 103 min. Sequel to Flipper, q. v.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer June 1964

Sequel to the 1963 film "Flipper".

Released in United States Summer June 1964