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Down to Their Last Yacht (1934)

A family loses 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, who has everything ... See full summary »

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Paul Sloane

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Herbert Fields (story), Lou Brock (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Boland ... Queen of Malakamokalu, 'Queenie'
Polly Moran ... Nella Fitzgerald
Ned Sparks ... Captain 'Sunny Jim' Roberts
Sidney Fox ... Linda Colt-Stratton
Sidney Blackmer ... Barry Forbes
Sterling Holloway ... Freddy Finn
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Geoffrey Colt-Stratton
Irene Franklin ... Mrs. Gilhooley
Charles Coleman ... Sir Guy
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Storyline

A family loses 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, who has everything except cash, and decide to have Monte Carlo night. They rig the roulette wheel so that the house is the winner. Of course she knows nothing about it.

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Rippling Tunes! Waves of Joy! Storms of Laughter!


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hawaiian Nights See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sidney Fox's last film role. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Beach Boy
(1934) (uncredited)
Written by Ann Ronell
[Played on drums and sung and danced by natives in same sequence as "South Sea Bolero]
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A mess....and an unfunny one at that.
7 December 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

A shipload of supposedly rich and connected folks runs aground in a strange kingdom populated with Hawaiians and white folks who have been dyed dark which are led by a ditsy American white lady who wears evening wear and a tiara. Supposedly these are Zulus--but the film and the island where it's set have nothing to do with South Africans. One anachronism after another occurs in this 'primitive' land--including natives who pack Thomson machine guns! Most of what happens on the island is a lot of nonsense.

"Down to Their Last Yacht" is a very unusual musical comedy for many reasons. First, it has no stars to anchor the movie--just various supporting players who didn't have the charisma and range to helm the project. So, while Mary Boland, Ned Sparks and Polly Moran COULD have been funny (they all have had some nice roles in support in other film comedies), there they have no one to act against and they simply are out of their league. Second, for a comedy, it seems to have an amazingly small amount of laughs. While the situations could have been funny, nothing was done to exploit the humorous aspects of the plot. Third, the music...UGGHH! Not only are the songs poor, but the voices are dreadful--and very dated. Considering that IMDb says the movie needed retakes, I assume that even in 1934 it was pretty bad and the studio was trying, in vain, to salvage the project. It all makes you wonder WHAT the folks at RKO were thinking when they made this film!! A real clunker!


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