Flipper (1963)

DailyView: Day 114, Movie 187

Today, the DailyView heads out to sea for a boy and his dolphin. It is the iconic tale of the dolphin that they call Flipper.

They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning,
No-one you see, is smarter than he,
And we know Flipper, lives in a world full of wonder,
Flying there-under, under the sea!

source: https://www.lyricsondemand.com/tvthemes/flipperlyrics.html

The young boy Sandy (Luke Halpin), son of fisherman Porter Ricks (Chuck Connors), rescued a dolphin who had been injured by a spear, and nursed the animal back to health. When Sandy’s father discovered his son’s actions, he made Sandy release Flipper back to the sea. However, Flipper was not going to be out of their lives.

There are some neat tricks from Flipper and Luke Halpin, but, honestly, there is a lot of repeated images of the dolphin’s tricks. There are a plenty of reused scenes between the dialogue. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is obvious when it is happening.

Luke Halpin is fine in the film. He is not asked to go into depth with his performances, but what he does here is what the film needs and asks of him. Chuck Connors is the biggest star of the cast and he is the person who learns the biggest lesson. He and his son do have a solid relationship and they show it well.

This movie is not a fantastic movie, but it was fine. It was an entertaining

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