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The working title of this film was The Great American Harem. Bachelor Bait was the first feature that George Stevens made for RKO. In a February 1934 Film Daily news item, Ginger Rogers and William Gargan were announced as the stars of the picture, and William Seiter was listed as director. Chick Chandler and Edgar Kennedy were included as cast members in Motion Picture Herald's "In the Cutting Room," but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed.