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Down to Their Last Yacht (1934)

A family looses everything in the crash of 1929 except for their yacht. In order to make money they rent out the yacht. A couple of guys feel sorry for the young maiden, she has everything ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Queen of Malakamokalu, 'Queenie'
Nella Fitzgerald
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Barry Forbes
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A family looses everything in the crash of 1929 except for their yacht. In order to make money they rent out the yacht. A couple of guys feel sorry for the young maiden, she has everything except cash, and decide to have Monte Carlo night and rigg the roulette wheel so that house is winner. Of course she knows nothing about it.

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Rippling Tunes! Waves of Joy! Storms of Laughter!


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Release Date:

31 August 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hawaiian Nights  »

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Retakes in August 1934 reportedly re-shot about 25 percent of the movie. Sam White directed the retakes while producer Lou Brock supervised. See more »


Barry Forbes: It'll be a shock to you but I've got to tell you. I love you. It's a crude statement of a beautiful truth. Later on I hope to go into more graceful detail.
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South Sea Bolero
(1934) (uncredited)
Written by Max Steiner and Ann Ronell
Played on drums and sung and danced by natives
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One of the most bizarre and incoherent films from RKO
13 August 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

If you're up for a challenge, definitely see RKO's 1934 bizarrefest DOWN TO THEIR LAST YACHT. You'll have self-inflicted dandruff from scratching your head by the time it's finished, I promise you. A family formerly of the social register hit the skids after the stock market crashes. All they have left is their 80 ft. yacht, which Polly Moran arranges for rental on behalf of skipper Ned Sparks. A boatful of nouveau rich (with the likes of Tom Kennedy, Maurice Black and Blanche Payson!!) set sail for the south seas. Stowaway Sidney Blackmer (watch out - he sings!!) pines for ingenue Sydney Fox, late of MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE. Sparks runs aground and the whole gang is captured by Queen Mary Boland and her butler (what else) Charles Coleman. The natives are seen lazily singing of love. The lead is none other than Felix "Tom Tom" Knight. Boland's native guards are armed with tommy guns. She threatens to kill them if Blackmer doesn't marry her. I won't give it all away, but there's more incredulity involving bombs, a radio-wired saxophone and Pooh himself Sterling Holloway.

Whether or not DOWN TO THEIR LAST YACHT was actually the financial disaster that legend has painted must be confirmed with documentation. While not a top drawer release, it was certainly big enough to warrant issuance of motion picture edition sheet music. Also, there are some pretty costly optical and miniature effects. But whatever its cost and subsequent receipts, there is no denying that the film is strange beyond comprehension. And for those who are inquisitive and indulgent of films off the beaten path, DOWN TO THEIR LAST YACHT is definitely worth 64 minutes of your time!

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