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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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Writer:
Albert Lewin (story)
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Release Date:
15 October 1951 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Woman of the year in the picture of the year ! [Australia Theatrical] See more »
Plot:
A seductive woman falls in love with a mysterious ship's captain. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

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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
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Photographed in the English Technicolor process by Jack Cardiff, this film is considered one of the most beautiful colour films ever made.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Geoffrey Fielding:The measure of love is what one is willing to give up for it.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Etude #1 In A Flat, Op. 25/1, CT 26, See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Ava and the Flying Dutchman have a rendezvous with fate..., 4 November 2010
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

The mystical romance between a society girl (AVA GARDNER) and a man condemned to roam the seas and only hit port every seven years (JAMES MASON) is brought to the screen with handsome production values and gorgeous Technicolor. But the story itself, while it has many original touches, never really brings the characters or their motivations to life. The explanations are there, but they ring hollow for the sort of outrageous behavior committed by the principals, including peripheral characters such as the swaggering bullfighter and a racing car driver who's impulsive enough to crash his car into the ocean to prove his devotion to Pandora. NIGEL PATRICK is excellent in the pivotal role of the man who loves Pandora unwisely.

Albert Lewin, the director, seems drawn to these kind of other world stories, having done some of his best work in the fantasy genre, as for example with THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. Aspects of that tale are present here, with Mason as an artist who at the film's start is painting a portrait of Pandora, a woman he's not yet met but is fated to encounter very shortly.

The mystical elements aren't drawn together too convincingly but seem more like pieces of a puzzle that are missing and will never be found.

Ava Gardner was at the peak of her beauty and is well cast as Pandora in a role that might have easily been played by another star of that era, Rita Hayworth. Mason manages to look grimly determined on cue and gives an effortless performance as the Flying Dutchman, but this is a film that is not likely to have wide appeal outside of patrons who can appreciate its artistic leanings.

Nevertheless, it's a "must see" for fans of either Ava Gardner or James Mason even though their characters are not as strongly realized by the scriptwriter as one could wish. Fortunately, the chemistry between them does click.

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