Down to Their Last Yacht (1934)

64 mins | Musical | 31 August 1934

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HISTORY

On 25 Apr 1934, HR reported that to "speed things up" during filming, the production was split into two units, with producer Lou Brock directing one unit, and credited director Paul Sloane, the other. According to an Aug 1934 news item in DV, Sam White was then hired to direct retakes, which Brock supervised. The retakes reportedly involved reshooting twenty-five percent of the story. A HR news item announced that Dot Farley was replacing Maude Truax in the cast. HR production charts add Peter Hancock, Maxine Topper, Virginia Reid, Cynthia Hobart, Peggy Combel and Alice Moore to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. According to modern sources, Brock, who produced the very successful 1933 musical Flying Down to Rio for RKO, was given carte blanche while making this film and consequently went considerably over budget. Down to Their Last Yacht was Brock's last production at RKO. ...

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On 25 Apr 1934, HR reported that to "speed things up" during filming, the production was split into two units, with producer Lou Brock directing one unit, and credited director Paul Sloane, the other. According to an Aug 1934 news item in DV, Sam White was then hired to direct retakes, which Brock supervised. The retakes reportedly involved reshooting twenty-five percent of the story. A HR news item announced that Dot Farley was replacing Maude Truax in the cast. HR production charts add Peter Hancock, Maxine Topper, Virginia Reid, Cynthia Hobart, Peggy Combel and Alice Moore to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. According to modern sources, Brock, who produced the very successful 1933 musical Flying Down to Rio for RKO, was given carte blanche while making this film and consequently went considerably over budget. Down to Their Last Yacht was Brock's last production at RKO.

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PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
CREDIT
HISTORY CREDITS
CREDIT TYPE
CREDIT
General (mod):
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
2 Aug 1934
p. 4
Film Daily
22 Sep 1934
p. 4
HF
7 Apr 1934
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
7 Apr 1934
p. 18
Hollywood Reporter
9 Apr 1934
p. 15
Hollywood Reporter
25 Apr 1934
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
30 Apr 1934
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
27 Aug 1934
p. 4
International Photographer
Jun 1934
p. 20
Motion Picture Daily
22 Sep 1934
p. 4
Motion Picture Herald
19 May 1934
p. 61
Motion Picture Herald
29 Sep 1934
p. 38
New York Times
24 Sep 1934
p. 14
Variety
25 Sep 1934
p. 13
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Lou Brock Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Paul Sloane
Dir
2d unit dir
Asst dir
Dir of retakes
PRODUCER
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Sd cutter
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
P. J. Faulkner Jr.
Rec
Mus rec
VISUAL EFFECTS
Vernon Walker
Photog eff
DANCE
Dance dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Alex Kahle
Still photog
SOURCES
SONGS
"Funny Little World" and "Beach Boy," music and lyrics by Ann Ronell; "Malakamokolu," music and lyrics by Cliff Friend and Sidney Mitchell; "Tiny Little Finger on Your Hand," music and lyrics by Val Burton and Will Jason; "South Sea Bolero," music and lyrics by Max Steiner and Ann Ronell.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Release Date:
31 August 1934
Production Date:
early Apr--early May 1934; retakes began early Aug 1934
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
24 August 1934
LP4972
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
145
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

After the stock market crash of 1929, the formerly wealthy Geoffrey Colt-Stratton, Jr. and his family are forced to toil at menial jobs. Although they have no car, the Colt-Strattons maintain the only remnant of their past glory, a fully operational yacht. When social organizer Nella Fitzgerald suggests to them that they rent out their yacht to a group of nouveaux riches , Geoffrey coldly declines the offer. His practical daughter Linda, however, convinces him to accept the idea, and Nella begins combing the Social Register of 1929 for down-and-out "blue bloods" to employ on the cruise. Shortly before sailing, Linda catches the eye of gambler Barry Forbes, who with his sidekick, Freddy Finn, stow away on the yacht. During the cruise, which is populated by crude entrepreneurs and gangsters, Freddy and Barry set up a "Monte Carlo" roulette wheel in hopes of raising money for Linda. Unknown to Linda, Freddy has rigged the wheel so that only the house wins, and when the passengers eventually uncover the deception, they accuse Linda of thievery. At that moment, however, the captain, "Sunny Jim" Roberts, deliberately runs the yacht aground, and the passengers find themselves stranded on a South Sea island called Malakamokolu. While the island natives hold the passengers at gunpoint, the captain negotiates their future with the Caucasian queen of Malakamokolu. Sunny Jim offers to "share" the wealthy passengers with the queen, but she locks up the captain and takes the money for herself. After the natives exchange clothes with the captives, the ruthless queen forces everyone, rich and poor, to work for her. Eventually tiring of her ...

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After the stock market crash of 1929, the formerly wealthy Geoffrey Colt-Stratton, Jr. and his family are forced to toil at menial jobs. Although they have no car, the Colt-Strattons maintain the only remnant of their past glory, a fully operational yacht. When social organizer Nella Fitzgerald suggests to them that they rent out their yacht to a group of nouveaux riches , Geoffrey coldly declines the offer. His practical daughter Linda, however, convinces him to accept the idea, and Nella begins combing the Social Register of 1929 for down-and-out "blue bloods" to employ on the cruise. Shortly before sailing, Linda catches the eye of gambler Barry Forbes, who with his sidekick, Freddy Finn, stow away on the yacht. During the cruise, which is populated by crude entrepreneurs and gangsters, Freddy and Barry set up a "Monte Carlo" roulette wheel in hopes of raising money for Linda. Unknown to Linda, Freddy has rigged the wheel so that only the house wins, and when the passengers eventually uncover the deception, they accuse Linda of thievery. At that moment, however, the captain, "Sunny Jim" Roberts, deliberately runs the yacht aground, and the passengers find themselves stranded on a South Sea island called Malakamokolu. While the island natives hold the passengers at gunpoint, the captain negotiates their future with the Caucasian queen of Malakamokolu. Sunny Jim offers to "share" the wealthy passengers with the queen, but she locks up the captain and takes the money for herself. After the natives exchange clothes with the captives, the ruthless queen forces everyone, rich and poor, to work for her. Eventually tiring of her new subjects, the queen offers them their freedom on condition that Barry stay behind and marry her. Although he loves Linda, who is still angry over the gambling incident, Barry accepts the queen's deal. However, when the fickle queen hears Freddy playing his saxophone, she falls in love with him and orders a bomb placed on the yacht. Forgiven by Linda, Barry unanchors the yacht, saving the passengers, but not the boat. Now permanently stranded, the queen's captives happily accept their new home in the tropics.

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