Ava Gardner sporting a bikini in a 1951 British drama film called, "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman"
Ava Gardner starred in the 1951 British film, Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, a fantasy romance film that was shot in technicolor. The plot of the film is based on the myth of Pandora and the legend of the Flying Dutchman and was written by Albert Lewin. Lewin was able to merge these two legends together into a story about love, redemption, and reincarnation. Shot on location in Catalonia, Spain, the movie also starred James Mason. Gardner’s performance in Pandora and the Flying Dutchman was praised and led to her breakout role in Show Boat shortly after.