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Pandora and the Flying Dutchman -- In 1930, singer Pandora Reynolds, gorgeous, enigmatic, and fascinated by danger and destruction, has the men of a small Spanish town in despair. Just when race driver Stephen Cameron thinks he's won her, a mysterious yacht appears in the bay whose eerie captain may be the legendary Flying Dutchman. Stephen has an apparently more dangerous rival in the form of an arrogant bullfighter; but Pandora's friendship with the Dutchman may lead them both to a rendezvous with Fate...


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Release Date:
15 October 1951 (USA) See more »
The Woman of the year in the picture of the year ! [Australia Theatrical] See more »
A seductive woman falls in love with a mysterious ship's captain. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 nominations See more »
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Aspirational exploration of the best of what people can be. See more (39 total) »


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James Mason ... Hendrik van der Zee

Ava Gardner ... Pandora Reynolds
Nigel Patrick ... Stephen Cameron

Sheila Sim ... Janet
Harold Warrender ... Geoffrey Fielding
Mario Cabré ... Juan Montalvo
Marius Goring ... Reggie Demarest

John Laurie ... Angus
Pamela Mason ... Jenny (as Pamela Kellino)
Patricia Raine ... Peggy
Margarita D'Alvarez ... Senora Montalvo
La Pillina ... Spanish dancer

Abraham Sofaer ... Judge
Francisco Igual ... Vicente
Guillermo Beltrán ... Barman
Lilli Molnar ... Geoffrey's housekeeper (as Lila Molnar)
Phoebe Hodgson ... Dressmaker
Gabriel Carmona ... Member of Montalvo's cuadrilla
Antonio Martín ... Member of Montalvo's cuadrilla
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lolita Allergria ... Singer, Zanba number (uncredited)
John Carew ... Priest (uncredited)
Helen Cleverley ... Second nurse (uncredited)
Pepe de la Isla ... Guitarist, Zambra number (uncredited)
Christiana Forbes ... Nurse (uncredited)
Eddie Leslie ... Doctor (uncredited)
Ricardo Valle ... (uncredited)
Gerald Welsh ... Assistant doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Albert Lewin 
Writing credits
Albert Lewin (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Joe Kaufmann .... producer
Albert Lewin .... producer
John Woolf .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Alan Rawsthorne 
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff 
Film Editing by
Ralph Kemplen 
Clive Donner (uncredited)
Production Design by
John Bryan 
Costume Design by
Beatrice Dawson 
Makeup Department
Nina Broe .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Art Department
John Hawkesworth .... set dresser
T. Hopewell Ash .... assistant art director
Peter Mullins .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Alan Allen .... sound recordist
Harry Miller .... sound editor
Special Effects by
W. Percy Day .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Man Ray .... still photographer
Edward Scaife .... photographer: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julia Squire .... costumer (uncredited)
Music Department
Hubert Clifford .... musical director
Alan Rawsthorne .... conductor
Kenneth V. Jones .... music coach: Ava Gardner (uncredited)
Gerard Schurmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Joan Bridge .... technicolor color consultant
Gordon Griffith .... assistant to producers
Angela Allen .... continuity (uncredited)
Catherine O'Brien .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Jeanie Sims .... assistant: Albert Lewin (uncredited)
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122 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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For still photography of Ava Gardner, producer Albert Lewin hired his friend, the famous surrealist artist Man Ray.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the workroom where Stephen is repairing his race car, the words "NON FUMAR" are written on the wall, with the English words "NO SMOKING" beneath. The Spanish is incorrect: it should read "NO FUMAR".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 painting of me perhaps. Would you like me to destroy your painting?
Hendrik:[calmly] If it would help to quiet your soul.
Pandora Reynolds:How long have you worked on it?
Hendrik:[still perfectly calm] Does it matter?
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Referenced in Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1977)See more »
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Aspirational exploration of the best of what people can be., 17 October 2005
Author: pat-attridge from United Kingdom

Ave Gardener and James Mason are perfectly cast for this epic unfolding and exploration of pure love. The love which is realised contrasts with and exceeds the self centred manifestations demonstrated by the other characters (who are colourful and vivid) and in its nobility and apparent brevity proves that context is what lends meaning to life. The final scenes are wonderfully free from restraining causes and effects with a judgement of love from....?* validating us all. The colours of the production is as intense as the mythic setting for the story and helps the suspension of disbelief. The setting is not of the same importance to the story as Shangri-la to the plot of 'Beyond the Blue Horizon' which explores similar issues of a man exploring a context to give meaning to what he is or could be. These are both aspects of the question we all eventually ask ourselves. * Insert your own conceptualisation of the divine here.

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