Review: ‘Flipper’

Boy meets dolphin, boy loses dolphin, boy wins dolphin. Thus substituting gill for gal, producer Ivan Tors has fashioned a serviceable little family picture that to all intents and porpoises, should satisfy aquabrats everywhere.

Boy meets dolphin, boy loses dolphin, boy wins dolphin. Thus substituting gill for gal, producer Ivan Tors has fashioned a serviceable little family picture that to all intents and porpoises, should satisfy aquabrats everywhere.

Actually this little fish story, or Tors opera, amounts to a kind of bubbly variation on Androcles and the Lion. Arthur Weiss’ screenplay, from a story by Ricou Browning and Jack Cowden, has a boy (Luke Halpin) rescuing an eight-foot dolphin from permanent residence in that big fish tank in the sky by removing a skin diver’s spear from its torso and nursing it back to health in his dad’s Florida Keys fish pen.

Chuck Connors limns the father firmly but agreeably, and young Halpin, in his screen bow, demonstrates keen acting instincts as the boy on a dolphin.

Flipper

Production

M-G-M. Director James B. Clark; Producer Ivan Tors; Screenplay Arthur Weiss; Camera Lamar Bowen, Joseph Brun; Editor Warren Adams; Music Henry Vars

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1963. Running time: 87 MIN.

With

Chuck Connors Luke Halpin Connie Scott Kathleen Maguire Jane Rose Joe Higgins

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