Pandora and the Flying Dutchman ()

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


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Hendrik van der Zee
Pandora Reynolds
Stephen Cameron
Harold Warrender ...
Geoffrey Fielding
Juan Montalvo
Reggie Demarest
Jenny (as Pamela Kellino)
Patricia Raine ...
Margarita D'Alvarez ...
Senora Montalvo
La Pillina ...
Spanish Dancer
Francisco Igual ...
Guillermo Beltrán ...
Barman (as Guillermo Beltran)
Lilli Molnar ...
Geoffrey's Housekeeper (as Lila Molnar)
Phoebe Hodgson ...
Gabriel Carmona ...
Member of Montalvo's Cuadrilla
Antonio Martín ...
Member of Montalvo's Cuadrilla (as Antonio Martin)
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 ...
Gerald Welsh ...
Assistant doctor (uncredited)

Directed by

Albert Lewin

Written by

Albert Lewin ... (story and screenplay: suggested by the Legend of The Flying Dutchman)
George Barrington ... (based on the writings of) (uncredited)
Omar Khayyam ... (quotation) (uncredited)

Produced by

Joe Kaufmann ... producer (as Joseph Kaufmann)
Albert Lewin ... producer
John Woolf ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Alan Rawsthorne

Cinematography by

Jack Cardiff ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

Ralph Kemplen
Clive Donner ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

Vernon Messenger ... first assistant editor (uncredited)

Production Design by

John Bryan

Costume Design by

Beatrice Dawson ... (costume design)

Makeup Department

Nina Broe ... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)

Art Department

John Hawkesworth ... set dressing
T. Hopewell Ash ... assistant art director (as Tim Hopewell-Ash)
Peter Mullins ... scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

Alan Allen ... sound recordist
Harry Miller ... sound editor

Special Effects by

W. Percy Day ... special effects (as W. Percy Day O.B.E.)

Camera and Electrical Department

Edward Scaife ... photography: second unit
Man Ray ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Julia Squire ... costumer (uncredited)

Music Department

Hubert Clifford ... musical director (as Dr. Hubert Clifford)
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 the producers
Angela Allen ... continuity (uncredited)
Catherine O'Brien ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Jeanie Sims ... assistant: Albert Lewin (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines The Woman of the year in the picture of the year ! [Australia Theatrical] See more »
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Also Known As
  • Pandora (France)
  • Pandora und der fliegende Holländer (Germany)
  • Pandora y el holandés errante (Spain)
  • Pandora (Italy)
  • Pandora und der fliegende Holländer (West Germany)
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  • 122 min
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Budget $1,500,000 (estimated)

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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 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Une histoire seule (1989). See more »
Soundtracks You're Driving Me Crazy See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: According to the legend, the Flying Dutchman was condemned to wander the seas eternally unless he could find a woman who loved him enough to die for him . . . . THE SEAPORT OF ESPERANZA, ON THE MEDITERRANEAN COAST OF SPAIN, ABOUT TWENTY YEARS AGO . . . . See more »
Quotes Pandora Reynolds: [looking at Hendrik's painting of her] It's not me as I am at all. But it's what I'd like to be.
[looking at Hendrik]
Pandora Reynolds: Why am I not like that?
Hendrik: Perhaps because you're unfulfilled. Perhaps you've not found what you want. Perhaps you do not even know what you want, perhaps you're discontented. Discontent appeases itself by fury and destruction.
Pandora Reynolds: [suddenly angry] Fury and destruction! Is that your opinion? Well perhaps I can find something here to destroy.
Hendrik: I have no doubt you will.
Pandora Reynolds: Your painting of me, for example. 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 at it?
Hendrik: [still perfectly calm] Does it matter?
Pandora Reynolds: Is there any reason why I shouldn't remove my face from your painting, if I wish to?
Hendrik: None at all.
Pandora Reynolds: [picks up a palette knife] Shall I do it then?
Hendrik: By all means.
[Pandora uses the knife to deface the painting. Hendrik watches then calmly and wordlessly comes over to inspect the damage]
[stunned by his calmness]
Pandora Reynolds: Aren't you angry?
Hendrik: I was angry once long ago. I can never be angry again.
Pandora Reynolds: [pause, then quietly] You've made me feel quite ashamed. It's a new sensation, I'm not sure I like.
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