One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It's initial telecast took place in Los Angeles Saturday 24 January 1959 on KNXT (Channel 2) and it soon became a popular local television favorite, as soon as it first aired in Milwaukee 1 May 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Chicago 3 May 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Seattle 23 May 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), in Phoenix 19 June 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), in New York City 11 July 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Minneapolis 12 July 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), in Philadelphia 15 September 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), in St. Louis 22 September 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4), in San Francisco 31 October 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Asheville 25 November 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), in Grand Rapids 19 December 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), and in Johnstown 20 January 1960 on WJAC (Channel 6). It was released on DVD 5 March 2002 as part of Universal's Bob Hope: The Tribute Collection, and, since that time, has enjoyed occasional airings on Turner Classic Movies.
"The Ghost Breaker" opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 3 March 1913 and closed in May 1913 after 72 performances. The opening night cast included H.B. Warner who also starred in the 1914 film adaptation of the play.
"The Cat and the Canary" (1939) with Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard became such a big hit that Paramount began looking for another "old dark house" stage play that could be turned into a similar vehicle for the pair. They had this film in theaters less than eight months later.
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
Part of the story seems to be missing from the movie. In particular, Lloyd Corrigan is in the Cast of Characters listed as Martin at the end of the movie, but nobody addresses him by name. He makes three appearances (1. the dock as Hope is being loaded onto the ship, 2. On the boat right after the fire bucket, 3. at the club in Cuba he takes Anthoy Quinn to meet Dolores). All appearances are shot in a way that broadcasts to the audience to take note of his presence but nothing comes of it.