Director Sam Taylor caught the flu in mid-February 1935; assistant director Edmond F. Bernoudy filled in for him during his illness.
Joseph Cawthorn was initially cast as "Mr. Spiggins" but he became ill and was replaced by Frank Craven. All of Cawthorn's footage was scrapped.
The ship shown in the background near Tony's boat is the S.S. Sage Brush, owned at the time by the Shepard Steamship Co. of Boston. It was built in 1919 and was subsequently sold to States Marine Corp. of Boston and renamed the S.S. Keystone. In March of 1943 it was part of a convoy to North Africa with a load of war supplies. On March 13 she developed engine trouble and dropped out of the convoy. A German submarine, U-172 torpedoed her and she sank on March 14. 71 of the 72 aboard were saved.