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[Editor's note: Rafter Romance was not viewed prior to the publication of its entry in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40. This entry was revised after a 2007 viewing of the film.] According to a February 1933 Film Daily news item, Joel McCrea and Dorothy Jordan were first slated to star in this picture. In June 1933, Hollywood Reporter announced that Lew Ayres was to co-star with Ginger Rogers. Modern sources add Wong Chung and June Gittelson to the cast and credit Bernard Newman as costumer, Mel Berns as make-up artist, and John Miehle as still photographer.
In 1937, RKO made a second version of John Wells's story called Living on Love. Although modern sources claim that three other films, the 1932 German production Ich bei Tag und du bei Nacht, the 1932 French production A Moi le jour, toi nuit and the 1933 British production Early to Bed are also based on the Wells novel, these pictures are actually based on a screenplay by Robert Liebmann and Hans Szkely. Their general plot lines are similar to the Wells novel, however.
In 2007, this film, along with five other RKO productions from the 1930s, was broadcast on the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable network, the first public showing of the picture in more than seventy years. For additional information on the TCM broadcast, please consult the entry above for Double Harness.