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Flipper ( TV series)

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Flipper is an American television program broadcast on NBC from September 19, , until April 15, [1] Flipper, a bottlenose dolphin, is the pet of Porter Ricks, chief warden at Coral Key Park and Marine Preserve (a fictional version of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Florida), and his two young sons, Sandy and Bud. The show has been dubbed an "aquatic Lassie", and a considerable amount of children's merchandise inspired by the show was produced during its first run.

Production[edit]

The television show is an extension of the film Flipper starring Chuck Connors and Luke Halpin as Porter and Sandy Ricks, and of its sequel, Flipper's New Adventure. For the second film, the producers scripted that Mrs. Ricks had died, making Porter now a single parent, with Brian Kelly taking over the role as Porter Ricks, but now as a trainee park ranger rather than a fisherman. In adapting the films to a television series, the producers gave Porter a second, younger son, Bud, portrayed by Tommy Norden, and the TV series has Porter returning permanently to the Florida Keys as the park ranger of the Coral Key Marine Preserve. The producers also departed from the films in endowing Flipper with an unnatural degree of intelligence and an extraordinary understanding of human motives, behavior, and vocabulary.[2]

The show was created, by way of the creation of the first film, by Jack Cowden and Ricou Browning, the latter of whom had experience in underwater filming and underwater performance, notably as the monster in Creature from the Black Lagoon. In Browning's second filmed portrayal of the creature, Revenge of the Creature, a scene showcases one of the film's shooting locations, Marineland of Florida (depicted with a fictionalized name), presenting several stunts performed by "Flippy, the Educated Porpoise", in a form of product placement. Browning also wrote the book Flipper based on the ancient legend of Taras, a mythical founder of the Spartan city-state of the same name (on the coast of Italy where modern day Taranto is located), who was rescued from shipwreck by a dolphin sent by Poseidon, which was picked up and adapted by famous producer Ivan Tors into the first Flipper movie.

Filming locations[edit]

Flipper was filmed in Miami at Greenwich Studios (at the time called Ivan Tors Studios) at Ivan Tors Boulevard in Miami, Florida, and at Key Biscayne, Florida. Nassau was an occasional location, especially for underwater footage. The show was produced in co-operation with the Miami Seaquarium, an aquarium also located on Key Biscayne in Miami.

Miami Seaquarium still presents the Flipper Show, a dolphin show in the lagoon that served as the film location for the show.[3]

The Miami Seaquarium set where Flipper was filmed also served as the set of another Ivan Tors production, Gentle Ben; the house where the Ricks family lived was the same house used for the Wedloe family on Gentle Ben.[citation needed] Flipper was moved to Jimbo's Shrimp (also known as Jimbo's Place), located across from Miami Seaquarium, into the care and exercise of James "Jimbo" Luznar, Sr. Flipper lived in a pen in the cove behind Jimbo's Shrimp.

Role of Flipper[edit]

Flipper was portrayed at first by a female dolphin named Susie, though primarily by another female, Kathy, and occasionally by other females named Patty, Scotty, and Squirt. Female dolphins were chosen because they are less aggressive than males and their skins (unlike the skins of male dolphins) are usually free from scars and other disfigurations acquired in altercations with other dolphins, making their passing for the identical "Flipper" easier. The five dolphins performed all of Flipper's scenes except the famous tail walk, a trick they were unable to master completely. A male dolphin named Clown was brought in for scenes involving the tail walk.[4] The famous "voice" of Flipper was actually the doctored song of a kookaburra bird.[5]

Music[edit]

The show's theme tune was credited to Henry Vars with lyrics by By Dunham. In France, the melody was known as "La Romance de Paris" ("The Love Song of Paris"). The first five episodes of the second season featured a different version of the theme, with Frankie Randall singing new lyrics. After those episodes, the original style of the theme was brought back. The background music of the long underwater sequences was inspired by Ravel's "Daphnis and Chloe".

Broadcast history[edit]

Filming began in the early summer of , and the first episode of season one was broadcast on September 19, , with the series ending with the 28th episode of season three being broadcast on April 15, , showing on NBC Saturday nights – pm, making 88 episodes in total. NBC continued broadcasts with repeats from season three until September One episode (episode three in season one, called "SOS Dolphin") was filmed earlier in as a pilot immediately after the filming of Flipper's New Adventure was completed. Brian Kelly appeared in all 88 episodes, Luke Halpin was in 85, and Tommy Norden was in Later, reruns of the first two seasons aired January – June , NBC, Sunday – pm and June – September , NBC, Sunday – pm.

In its debut season in the –65 United States network television schedule, Flipper was a considerable ratings success, rating in the top 25, especially going up against the long-standing and popular The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS. Ratings declined only slightly in season two –66 United States network television schedule buoyed by its proximity to NBC's popular new Saturday night shows I Dream of Jeannie and Get Smart. Ratings fell sharply in season three against a strong rise in ratings for Gleason's show.

Characters and cast[edit]

Animal cast[edit]

  • Flipper is a bottlenose dolphin and the companion animal of the Ricks family. Flipper is an extraordinarily intelligent dolphin that helps enforce regulations in the preserve, assists Porter Ricks with rescues at sea, and keeps a watchful eye on Sandy and Bud, whom he has rescued or helped rescue from danger on numerous occasions. Flipper was portrayed by five different dolphins; the most commonly used ones were named "Kathy" and "Susie".
  • Pelican Pete, a pelican, is depicted in the original movie as Sandy's pet before he met Flipper, had a recurring role on the show, and appeared in several episodes.
  • Other animals appearing on the show included a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Spray (real name was Chobee from Okeechobee, Florida) (seen only in a few early episodes), a seal, a baby elephant, alligators, a female albino dolphin (whose baby Flipper fathered during her only appearance, in the "White Dolphin" episode), and another female dolphin, introduced at the end of the second season, dubbed "Lorelei" by the Ricks family. Lorelei became Flipper's "girlfriend".

Human cast[edit]

Clockwise from top: Brian Kelly, Luke Halpin and Tommy Norden.
  • Porter Ricks: Brian Kelly fills the show's moral center with his portrayal of Porter Ricks, a loving father, conscientious government employee, rugged outdoorsman, and all-around good guy. Porter is a widowed father with two sons, Sandy and Bud, and is employed as chief warden and park ranger at the fictional Coral Key Park and Marine Preserve in southern Florida. Kelly replaced Chuck Connors (the original Porter Ricks in the first movie Flipper) in the second movie Flipper's New Adventure, although he was then only at park ranger training school. Reflecting on Porter being single, Brian Kelly told TV Guide (July 9, ): "I'm going to bring a couple of bikini girls on. I want some groovy-lookin' girls because a lot of fathers who see the show say, "Where are the chicks?". Porter's parenting style is firm yet fun, as he involves his boys (particularly the older son Sandy) in his various exciting water-borne tasks as park ranger, all the while gladly allowing Flipper to befriend his sons and help with various crucial rescue efforts.
  • Sandy Ricks: Luke Halpin plays Porter's elder son, Sandy. Sandy begins season one as a year-old outdoorsy, athletic teenager sometimes given to boyish mishaps and poor choices (although usually more responsible than his impish younger brother Bud), and ends season three as an year-old, old enough for adult responsibilities and duties. Sandy often accompanies his father on dangerous adventures and rescues at and under the sea. The character of Sandy is carried over from both the feature films (Halpin was the sole lead actor/character to appear in both movies and the entire TV series), where he was the one who first met Flipper and became his special friend. Halpin became an expert diver, thus was able to perform the extensive water-related scenes throughout the series, largely without stunt doubles. Halpin's role as Sandy Ricks catapulted him to the rarefied atmosphere of teen super-stardom, a status bolstered by his frequent appearances in just cutoff blue jeans showing his tanned, athletic swimmer's build, blond hair, and model-quality telegenic looks.
  • Bud Ricks: Redheaded, freckle-faced Tommy Norden portrayed the younger son, Bud, a character created specifically for the TV series. He begins season one as an impish year-old boy who has a difficult time staying out of trouble. Many episodes revolve around mistakes made by Bud, intentionally or unintentionally, and his need to be rescued from the consequences. Bud is gullible and easily swallows the tall tales Hap Gorman feeds him. Bud is at home on or near the sea, and loves animals of all sorts. Flipper is his special companion, and he ends season three as a year-old able to do more of the work that his older brother Sandy does.
  • Hap Gorman: Andy Devine appeared five times in the show's first season as an old salt and marine carpenter named Hap Gorman. Hap was something of a bungler, who tried Porter's patience. Hap, in the traditional vein for Andy Devine, enjoyed spinning yarns and tall tales about bejeweled maharajahs, faraway kingdoms, and exotic ports for the amusement of skeptical Sandy and gullible Bud.
  • Ulla Norstrand: Swedish-born actress Ulla Strömstedt appeared 12 times in the second season as Ulla Norstrand, an oceanographer whose work frequently took her to Coral Key Park and Marine Preserve. She was often instrumental in enforcing the park's regulations. One of her trademarks was her miniature yellow submarine which she was often seen using in her oceanographic explorations, and which was sometimes pivotal in storylines. She was a potential love interest for Porter Ricks, although no serious relationship was ever shown to develop.
  • Warden Ed Dennis was portrayed by Miami actor Dan Chandler. The recurring role of a Coral Key Park game warden was created by writer Maria K. Little, who needed a sidekick to play off of Porter Ricks. Dennis performed such sidekick chores as helping find a kidnapped Flipper and saving Porter Ricks from murderous lobster poachers. Chandler also appeared in the feature films Flipper and Flipper's New Adventure.
  • Sheriff, also Old Man Coleman, were two roles portrayed by actor Eric Applewhite, appearing in five episodes across all three seasons of the TV series. His older brother George Applewhite apprised the role of Sheriff in the original Flipper.

Notable guest stars[edit]

Flipper was notable for the casting of a number of guest actors, several of whom went on to stardom in later years or had already had a stellar acting career.

Plot[edit]

The Ricks cottage at Coral Key Park and Marine Preserve

The series follows a bottlenose dolphin named Flipper that is the wild pet of Porter Ricks, a park warden, and his sons, Sandy (15) and Bud (10). Flipper lives in a lagoon near the Ricks cottage at Coral Key Park and Marine Preserve. With the Ricks family, Flipper helps protect the park and preserve and its wild inhabitants. He is also instrumental in apprehending criminals and thugs in the park. Flipper is generally recognized by the characters in the show (and the theme song) as being a particularly intelligent and capable dolphin. Flipper is the special companion of the youngest member of the Ricks family, Bud, and several episodes feature Flipper rescuing Bud from dangerous situations. Flipper is able to somehow communicate through different chatter-like tones, head nods and shakes, and other attention-seeking antics with Sandy and Bud, and draw their (and Porter's) attention to danger or in the direction of people needing help. Few women are in the lives of the Ricks males, but in the first season, Porter does have a date while Sandy falls for the girl operator of a floating zoo, who appears in four episodes. A female oceanographer enters the series in the second season to add a feminine touch to the proceedings, but little more than mild flirtations and fondness between Porter and her ensues. Promotional material for the third season announced a new girlfriend for Sandy, although she only appeared in one episode, and he has an innocently flirtatious scene with another girl in a separate episode. The series is distinguished for its lush photography of subtropical Florida and its colorful underwater sequences.

Episodes[edit]

Main article: List of Flipper episodes

Cancellation and subsequent history[edit]

The last first-run episode of Flipper aired April 15, In the conclusion of a two-part episode, the characters of Sandy and Bud are written out of the show (by that time, both Halpin and Norden had grown out of their roles), as it is detailed how each plans to leave Coral Key — Sandy has been accepted to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut, and Bud will be attending a private school remedially in Massachusetts, as arranged by their Aunt Martha. At the same time, a new family (the Whitmans) moves to the area: a widowed mother (portrayed by Karen Steele) and her young son and daughter (portrayed by Stuart Getz and Chris Charney). The two new children are depicted as unfamiliar with maritime life, but they promptly befriend Flipper, and promise to be his new companions after Sandy and Bud leave. Plans were made for a fourth season, revolving around the Whitman children taking the role of Flipper's guardians/playmates and their mother becoming involved in a serious relationship with Porter. Sandy and Bud presumably would make a cameo visit in an episode or two. All this was for naught, however, as Ivan Tors chose not to continue to make a fourth season in this new format, so NBC cancelled it.[6]

Flipper has seen periodic syndication since its NBC cancellation. The show has aired on cable's Family Channel, Nickelodeon, Animal Planet, Discovery Kids, in high-definition on satellite providerVoom's Family Room channel, and on digital subchannelAntenna TV. Most of the images of Flipper jumping against a skyline were not in the originally aired version, as the filming took place in an enclosed lagoon. They were filmed at the end of the series and added for syndication.[6]

The rights to Flipper were later acquired by the Samuel Goldwyn Company, and in turn acquired by MGM Television (the company that originally produced the series). MGM owns full rights to the series; the series copyright is held by MGM's subsidiary Orion Pictures (whose own holdings include the Goldwyn library).

Flipper appears as a character in the Cartoon Network series The Annoying Orange.

As of November , Flipper airs as one of a handful of classic TV series (alongside Ivan Tors' earlier series Sea Hunt) on the primarily movie-oriented digital subchannel This TV.[7] In , Flipper and Sea Hunt began airing together on Light TV.

The series was broadcast in the early s in the USSR, and the show was well received by the Soviet people, both old and young alike. Also, it was broadcast in Romania.

Merchandise[edit]

Flipper merchandise generated for the juvenile market during the show's first run is now scarce and collectible. Flipper vintage collectibles include lunch boxes, song books, comic books, coloring books, a Whitman novel, Big Little Books, souvenir spoons, Whitman frame tray puzzles, a board game, Viewmaster reels (based on the two-part episode "Dolphin Love"), a battery-operated "spouting dolphin" water toy, children's swim trunks with the Flipper logo, and a Bradley glow-in-the-dark watch. Dolphin Paradise is a hangame app based on the Flipper television series.

Home media[edit]

Flipper received an incomplete VHS release during the s under the title Flipper–Original Series. MGM Home Entertainment (distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) released the first season on DVD on April 24, They subsequently released season two as an eight-disc set on June 3, This is a manufacture-on-demand release, available exclusively from Amazon.com.

On August 29, , Olive Films re-released the first two seasons on DVD in Region 1. They also released seasons one and two on Blu-ray.[8] Season three was released on October 31, on DVD and Blu-ray.[9]

Awards and recognition[edit]

The Miami Seaquarium celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Flipper in late with Tommy Norden and Ricou Browning participating, along with a series of commemorative events through A previous event celebrating the 40th anniversary of Flipper in was also held with Luke Halpin and Tommy Norden. Flipper was nominated for two TV Land awards, in for the TV Land Favorite Fauna Award, and in , for the TV Land Favorite Pet-Human Relationship Award. Flipper appeared twice on TV Guide covers.

Controversy[edit]

While the TV show itself was not controversial, several controversies have spun off of it. Ric O'Barry, the head trainer of the Flipper dolphins (and also Halpin's occasional stunt double[6]), became a world-renowned animal activist after the death of the dolphin that portrayed Flipper most often. O'Barry stars in the Oscar award-winning documentary The Cove, which features dolphin capture and captivity. He also wrote of his time with the Flipper films and TV series and subsequent animal-rights activism in the book Behind the Dolphin Smile.

References[edit]

  1. ^Woolery, George W. (). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, , Part II: Live, Film, and Tape Series. The Scarecrow Press. pp.&#;– ISBN&#;.
  2. ^"Flipper - The Original Series: Season One". DVD Talk. Retrieved February 5,
  3. ^Miami Seaquarium: Tickets Prices Coupons Discounts
  4. ^Ric O' Barry and Keith Coulbourn, Behind the Dolphin Smile, Renaissance Books, , ISBN&#;
  5. ^Arthur, Nicole (January 31, ). "Day of the Dolphin". Washington Post. Retrieved December 5,
  6. ^ abcRic O' Barry and Keith Coulbourn, Behind the Dolphin Smile, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, , ISBN&#;
  7. ^https://thistv.com/view/series//Flipper%20(
  8. ^Box Art, Pricing for 'Season 1' and 'Season 2' on DVD, Blu-ray DiscArchived September 2, , at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^Flipper - First-Ever DVD and Blu-ray Releases for 'Season 3'! The final season of the classic show comes from Olive this HalloweenArchived September 27, , at the Wayback Machine

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

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They call him Flipper, Flipper, King of the Sea… Now for the first time, he's on DVD! Plunge into an undersea world of fun and excitement with Flipper and his pals Bud and Sandy Ricks, and their dad Porter, the chief ranger at Florida's Coral Key Park. Bring home this aquatic adventure, and relive a classic splash from the past with this family favorite!

A television spin-off from the movie Flipper, Flipper--Season One is an adventure series that features extensive underwater photography and intriguing story lines involving a widowed park ranger, his two sons, and a clever dolphin named Flipper. This first season of Flipper finds brothers Sandy (Luke Halpin) and Bud (Tommy Norden), their father Park Ranger Porter Ricks (Brian Kelly), and their dolphin Flipper posted at the Coral Key Park and Marine Preserve where they're charged with upholding the law and responding to a variety of predicaments ranging from divers injured by shark attacks, to protecting visitors from incoming hurricanes, rescuing zoo animals from a sinking ship, and fighting congressional battles for continued funding to ensure the very existence of their marine preserve. While Bud's and Sandy's impulsiveness sometimes get them into trouble, the boys and their father can be counted upon to remain clear-headed in times of crisis. More often than not, though, it's Flipper who fulfills the most crucial role in any given rescue attempt. Guest stars are numerous and include Andy Devine, Margaret Hayes, Dan Chandler, and Ric Applewhite. The underwater photography of marine life was cutting-edge in and holds up well to this day, providing a fascinating look at trained and instinctive dolphin behavior and marine ecosystems and, while some of the story lines may seem a bit dated to today's audiences, the bigger issues like marine preservation and doing what is right still ring true. Childhood adventure, peril, and suspense pervade each of the 30 half-hour episodes in this first season. Flipper--Season One promises to leave adults born in the nineteen-fifties and nineteen-sixties reminiscing fondly about their own childhoods and humming the Flipper theme song--what's more, their children (and perhaps grandchildren) will enjoy the program right alongside them and are more than likely to join in wholeheartedly on the refrain "Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning. . . ." (Ages 5 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

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