Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (5)

  • Geoffrey Fielding: The measure of love is what one is willing to give up for it.

  • Hendrik Van Der Zee: I was angry once before. I can never be angry again.

  • Geoffrey Fielding: Trying to understand one human soul is like trying to empty the sea with a cup.

  • Geoffrey Fielding: We live in a time that has no faith.

  • Pandora Reynolds: I am Pandora Reynolds, of Indianapolis and points east. I am not interested in mythology.

Notes (2)

  • The famous surrealist artist Man Ray contributed some designs to the film without credit, and also took several publicity photographs of Ava Gardner.

  • The song which Pandora sings, "Oh, how am I to know?", is an authentic popular song of 1930, written for the Cecil B. DeMille film, Madame Satan. The lyrics were partially by Dorothy Parker.

Trivia (2)

  • The story takes place in a fictitious Spanish sea port called "Esperanza" - the Spanish word for "hope".

  • The Spanish tavern in the film is called "Los Dos Tortugas", or "The Two Turtles". In another film directed by Albert Lewin, "The Picture Of Dorian Gray" (1945), there is a London pub prominently featured, also called "The Two Turtles".

Allusions (1)

  • The painting of a woman (Pandora) that Hendrik Van Der Zee is shown working on is markedly in the style of the Surrealist painter Max Ernst, who was a friend of director Albert Lewin.