Main title from Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) (2)

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman


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| Film | United Kingdom | Colour | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance | 2h 2min |
| Stars: James Mason, Ava Gardner, Nigel Patrick | Director: Albert Lewin

A cold but beautiful American woman in Spain falls for a mystery man who turns out to be a ghostly sea captain; she dies so as to be with him

The Loves of Pandora in Flaming TECHNICOLOR!


British actor James Mason wears a black dinner jacket and bow tie
Hendrik van der Zee
Ava Gardner
Pandora Reynolds
British actor Nigel Patrick, dressed in jacket and tie, smokes a cigarette
Stephen Cameron
Harold Warrender
Geoffrey Fielding
Mario Cabré
Juan Montalvo
Marius Goring
Reggie Demarest
John Laurie
Pamela Kellino
Patricia Raine
Margarita D’Alvarez
Senora Montalvo
La Pillina
Spanish dancer
Abraham Sofaer
Francisco Igual
Guillermo Beltrán
Lilli Molnar
Geoffrey’s Housekeeper
Phoebe Hodgson
Gabriel Carmona
Member of Montalvo’s Cuadrilla
Antonio Martín
Member of Montalvo’s Cuadrilla
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Pretentious, humourless, totally unpersuasive fantasy of the kind much better done in Portrait of Jeanie. The writer-director wears Omar Khayyam’s moving finger to the bone, and the actors look thoroughly unhappy; even the colour is a bit thick. (Halliwell’s)


Main title from Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) (3). With Nigel Patrick, Sheila Sim, Harold Warrender, Mario Cabré
Main title from Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) (2)
Main title from Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) (1). James Mason and Ava Gardner
Sheila Sim, whose steady rise to success in such films as A Canterbury Tale, The Guinea Pig and Dear Mr Prohack has established her as an accomplished actress who epitomises youthful English charm, has an important romantic role in Pandora and the Flying Dutchman.  She plays Janet, the archaeologist narrator’s niece, who suffers unhappiness through her love for Pandora’s fiancé, a famous racing motorist, portrayed by Nigel Patrick


Albert Lewin
Director / Producer / Writer (story and screenplay: suggested by the Legend of The Flying Dutchman)


Dorkay Productions
Production company
Romulus Films
Production company
International Film Distributors
Distribution company