Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
The 1951 MGM film "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman" brings the ancient legend to modern times.
Part of the story has an scholar trying to identify some ancient coins using coin catalogs.
a woman who falls in love with him.
and several scenes show coins and coin catalogs.
2. Esperanza town beach
The film starts in the Spanish coast town of Esperanza in 1930, before the Fascist takeover.
Pandora Reynolds. Although many men have pursued Pandora, she has never found a man to love,
and enjoys making her boyfriends give up things for her.
3. Stephen working in his study
Stephen is a man of many interests, including numismatics.
5. Pandora in Geoffrey's race car
Pandora tells British race car driver Stephen Cameron that she will marry him in six
months if he pushes his racecar off a cliff into the ocean.
On board she meets the reserved Hendrik van der Zee, who does not respond to her charms.
He is civil to her, and she invites him to join her group.
6. Pandora meets Hendrik
Geoffrey finds that Hendrik is more knowledgable about antiquities than he is,
and decides to ask Hendrik for help in identifying a coin.
7. Stephen holding coin to show Hendrik
Stephen leaves and his maid takes a coffee break at his table.
8. Stephen's maid sits at desk
The desk is covered with coin catalogs, and there is a tray of coins (ancient?).
He heads back home to work on another project.
He asks Hendrik for help in translating it to English, and while translating the book,
realizes that Hendrik is the Dutchman.
9. Hendrik translates the Dutchman's book
Coin catalogs and coin trays are on the table.
He came back from a voyage and suspected that his young beautiful wife had been unfaithful.
In a rage, he stabbed her to death.
Every seven years he is allowed to come ashore for six months to search for the lady.
10. Pandora wears a coin medallion
Pandora is wearing a medallion which looks like an ancient coin with the amphora design.
Geoffrey, thinking that Hendrik has sailed away, loans Pandora the translated manuscript.
11. Pandora reads story of the Dutchman
Coin catalogs are still on the table but have been straightened up.
12. Pandora and Hendrik on board his boat
13. Pandora decides to give her life for love
14. Omar Khayyám's Rubáiyát ends the story
The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
James Mason as Hendrik van der Zee
Ava Gardner as Pandora Reynolds
Nigel Patrick as Stephen Cameron
Writer: Albert Lewin