Nikolay Gogol's play, "The Inspector General" opened in St. Petersburg, Russia. in April 1836.

Near the beginning of the movie Leza (Barbara Bates) is tightening the corset of Maria (Elsa Lanchester). Maria demands that Leza tighten the corset more and Leza explains that it's already tight. After Maria leaves, another character comments that Leza was correct and the corset was too tight: "it makes her eyes bug out." This was an inside joke, since Elsa Lanchester's eyes were somewhat protuberant.

The song "Happy Times", written for this film, was a recording hit for numerous artists during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.