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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.

Director:

Albert Lewin

Writer:

Albert Lewin (story and screenplay: suggested by the Legend of The Flying Dutchman)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Mason ... Hendrik van der Zee
Ava Gardner ... Pandora Reynolds
Nigel Patrick ... Stephen Cameron
Sheila Sim ... Janet
Harold Warrender Harold Warrender ... Geoffrey Fielding
Mario Cabré ... Juan Montalvo
Marius Goring ... Reggie Demarest
John Laurie ... Angus
Pamela Mason ... Jenny (as Pamela Kellino)
Patricia Raine Patricia Raine ... Peggy
Margarita D'Alvarez Margarita D'Alvarez ... Senora Montalvo
La Pillina La Pillina ... Spanish Dancer
Abraham Sofaer ... Judge
Francisco Igual Francisco Igual ... Vicente
Guillermo Beltrán Guillermo Beltrán ... Barman (as Guillermo Beltran)
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Filmnegah.com (Persian)

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pandora See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas showed up for the location shoot of the race car speed test on the beach at Pendine Sands, which was near his home in Wales. He can be spotted briefly at the start of the scene, at 1:11:03-04, as the hat less man in the brown jacket and beige trousers at the extreme left of the crowd in the background (ignoring the family of three on the left) about one-fourth of the picture's width from the left. This is the only known surviving motion picture footage of Thomas. See more »

Goofs

When Hendrik begins reading the diary the desk lamp is on his right, but when Geoffery turns it on, it is on Hendrik's left. No one has moved it in the mean time. See more »

Quotes

Pandora Reynolds: I am Pandora Reynolds of Indianapolis and points East.
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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 »

Connections

Edited into Spisok korabley (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Driving Me Crazy
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Walter Donaldson
Sung by an uncredited male voice
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A must-see for Gardner and Mason fans
7 August 2001 | by Malc-13See all my reviews

There is much to enjoy in this legendary tale. The story is well told and quickly grabs the viewer. I thought the Spanish setting was perfect and the land speed record and bullfighting scenes in the main convincingly shot. The extraordinary use of Technicolor gives the whole picture an almost dream like ethereal look and many scenes have an almost surreal quality. The whole cast are splendid with Ava Gardner particularly spellbinding - I can't think of any actress today who could carry her role as convincingly.


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