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Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)

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A seductive woman falls in love with a mysterious ship's captain.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nigel Patrick ...
Stephen Cameron
Harold Warrender ...
Mario Cabré ...
Juan Montalvo
Marius Goring ...
Reggie Demarest
Pamela Mason ...
Jenny (as Pamela Kellino)
Patricia Raine ...
Margarita D'Alvarez ...
Senora Montalvo
La Pillina ...
Spanish dancer
Francisco Igual ...
Guillermo Beltrán ...


Albert Lewin's interpretation of the legend of the Flying Dutchman. In a little Spanish seaport named Esperanza, during the 30s, appears Hendrick van der Zee, the mysterious captain of a yacht (he is the only one aboard). Pandora is a beautiful woman (who men kill and die for). She's never really fallen in love with any man, but she feels very attracted to Hendrick... We are soon taught that Hendrick is the Flying Dutchman, this sailor of the 17th century that has been cursed by God to wander over the seas until the Doomsday... unless a woman is ready to die for him... Written by Yepok

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Release Date:

15 October 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pandora  »

Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Van der Zee means "of the sea" in Dutch. See more »


Most of the story takes place in 1930, but the costumes and hairstyles of Ava Gardner, as well as those of Sheila Sim and Pamela Mason are strictly in the 1950s mode. See more »


Pandora Reynolds: [looking at Hendrik's painting of her] It's not like I am at all. But it's who I'd like to be.
[looking at Hendrik]
Pandora Reynolds: Why am I not like that?
Hendrik: Perhaps you haven't found what you want yet, perhaps you're unfulfilled. Perhaps you don't even know what you want, perhaps you're discontented. Discontentment often finds vent through malice and destruction.
Pandora Reynolds: [suddenly angry] Malice and destruction, is that what you think? Well perhaps I can find something here to destroy.
Hendrik: I'm quite certain you will.
Pandora Reynolds: Your ...
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Referenced in Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1977) See more »


Etude #1 In A Flat, Op. 25/1, CT 26,
Aeolian Harp." (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played by Pandora at her home
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I saw this movie in 1952 when I was 17
27 December 2009 | by (Vincentown, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I was an usher in the Paramount Theater in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania when this film came out. That's when ushers were ushers! I must have seen the picture 30 times while working. The picture was not popular at the time -- and I had a heck of a time understanding it. But I do remember being fascinated by the scenery. The film was initially promoted as "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman" -- but when it came to the Paramount, they changed the name to "The Loves of Pandora". I have no clue why that change was made -- but I remember that the revised title as it appeared on the screen was sort of "home made" and not of the quality of a new film. Were they experimenting with changing the name to get more patrons? I have not read anything about this anywhere on the internet. I have always been curious about this picture and intend to rent it to see it now that I'm 75 years old and may understand it at this stage of my life -- a full 58 years after seeing it at the Paramount.

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