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The working title of the film was Limehouse Nights. According to a Daily Variety news item, Sylvia Sidney was originally cast to play "Toni," but upon her refusal, Heather Angel was tested for the role. M-G-M loaned Jean Parker for this film. Daily Variety news items also note that scenes filmed at San Pedro Harbor, CA, were directed by William Shea; and, that when retakes required the presence of Anna May Wong in October 1934, the studio recorded her speaking her lines over the telephone from New York. The pressbook for this film gives Grover Jones a screenplay credit. While most contemporary sources credit Hans Dreier and Robert Usher, one source credits Dreier and Roland Anderson with the art direction. The pressbook credits importer and actor Tom Gubbins as providing the Oriental artwork appearing in the film. An early script in the Paramount script files at the AMPAS Library dated August 20, 1934 lists James Wing playing the character of "Ching Lee." The film was later released as East End Chant.