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On 25 April 1934, Hollywood Reporter 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 August 1934 news item in Daily Variety, Sam White was then hired to direct retakes, which Brock supervised. The retakes reportedly involved reshooting twenty-five percent of the story. A Hollywood Reporter news item announced that Dot Farley was replacing Maude Truax in the cast. Hollywood Reporter 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.