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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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The Private Affairs of Bel Ami
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Sheila Sims, Actress Who Was Richard Attenborough’s Widow, Dies at 93
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Absorbing, intense, and beautiful See more (40 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)
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The first feature film in color for Ava Gardner.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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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Absorbing, intense, and beautiful, 17 June 2008
Author: ametaphysicalshark from

Albert Lewin's work as director had not impressed me prior to seeing "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman" I found myself frankly quite bored by his version of Maugham's "The Moon and Sixpence" as well as "The Private Affairs of Bel Ami". "The Picture of Dorian Gray" has quite the reputation, but I unfortunately haven't seen it yet.

'Exceeded expectations' cannot begin to describe how surprised I was at how absorbing, intense, captivating, and utterly gorgeous "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman" is. Sure, there are flaws, mostly in the script which occasionally seems to think it's smarter than it actually is and goes for the sort of intrusive voice-over narration that never fails to annoy, but also in scenes where Lewin's decisions as director become frustrating and in the score which is generally quite good but often overbearing.

Regardless of its flaws, "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman" is a literate, creative, fairly original, and exceptionally well-acted film, with the exceptional feature of being photographed by Jack Cardiff OBE, who was on quite a run going into this film having photographed the three Powell/Pressburger classics from the 40's: "A Matter of Life and Death", "Black Narcissus", and "The Red Shoes" as well as the underrated if not exactly great 1949 Hitchcock offering "Under Capricorn". James Mason and Ava Gardner are really excellent here in the lead roles.

I was not looking forward to "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman" but I found myself very pleasantly surprised by it. It's far from a perfect film but I did find it to be quite excellent; even the melodrama that tends to bother me in romances from this era of film worked in the context of this film. A surprisingly good film, overall.


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