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August 14, 1963

Flipper is an American feature film released on August 14, 1963 and written by Arthur Weiss based upon a story by Ricou Browning and Jack Cowden. Produced by Ivan Tors and directed by James B. Clark, the film centers on a 12-year-old boy living with his parents in the Florida Keys who befriends an injured wild dolphin. The boy and the dolphin become inseparable, eventually overcoming the misgivings of the boy's fisherman father.

The film introduced the popular song Flipper by Dunham and Henry Vars and inspired the subsequent television series of the same name (1964–1967) and film sequels.


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