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Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery | 15 October 1951 (USA)
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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:
Stephen Cameron
Sheila Sim ...
Harold Warrender ...
Mario Cabré ...
Juan Montalvo
Marius Goring ...
Reggie Demarest
Jenny (as Pamela Kellino)
Patricia Raine ...
Margarita D'Alvarez ...
Senora Montalvo
La Pillina ...
Spanish dancer
Abraham Sofaer ...
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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The Loves of Pandora in Flaming TECHNICOLOR! See more »


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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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Did You Know?


The 2010 DVD/Blu-ray restoration was made under the auspices of Martin Scorsese. 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: No one has the right to read Dutch. Unless of course you are Dutch, like Hendrik.
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References The Flying Dutchman (1923) See more »


Sailor's Song
Based on "Canticas de Santa Maria"
Music by Alfonso el Sabio
Sung by sailors' chorus
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Do not be afraid to open the box....
6 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

.... cause ,though a bit too long,"Pandora" is an unique film .It is part of those movies in which love refutes everything ,including space and time.It is continuously constructed and when it's over we have the strange feeling of having come full circle.

"Pandora" is wrapped in mystery and it renewed the genre which "Peter Ibbetson "and "portrait of Jennie" had pioneered in the thirties and late forties which "Somewhere in Time" (based on a Richard Matheson novel) would continue in the eighties.

Ava Gardner,the most beautiful woman of that era (and for me the most beautiful woman of all time) is ideally cast as the female lead.Who else could play such a gorgeous creature ?James Mason gives a tormented heartrending performance.

Albert Lewin made few movies but the best of them (the picture of Dorian Gray" "the private Affairs of Bel-Ami" ) are worth seeking out.The only real horror is "Saadia" which even Michel Simon could not redeem.

Ava Gardner and James Mason would play another legendary couple (real this time):Francis-Joseph and Elisabeth of Austria.("Mayerling",Terence Young,1968)

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