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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".
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.
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.
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.