Ruth Raymond works on the switchboard and her boyfriend is John Blake. It has taken 14 years, but a detective named Murray has found her and confirmed that she is Ruth Carson. As a child, ... See full summary »
The success of the syndicated nationwide 1986 telecasts of Scent of Mystery, with scratch-and-sniff cards provided by 7-Eleven, continued to build as the year progressed, with ratings high, and independent stations always on the scent of offbeat material to attract viewers away from the more traditional network shows. When a number flashed on the screen, home sniffers were instructed to scratch the corresponding number on their cards, and take a whiff. Who could resist a gimmick like that? Among the 30 different odors were rose, licorice, pipe tobacco, popcorn, garlic, gasoline, peaches, mothballs, and, of course, the title perfume, i.e. Scent of Mystery. In Honolulu, after two weeks of non-stop promotion and comment, it made its "Island Premiere" on KGMB (Channel 9), and its rival network ratings were wiped out by hurricane force. By this time local commentators were resigned to admitting, "Sure, it stinks, but it's fun!" By 21 November 1987, its popularity had peaked to the point of it being offered in the competitive Saturday night 10 PM slot on the wildly trendy MTV music video channel. After that, it once again, faded away into history. See more »
I haven't been away from my flat in 9 years, and 6 mysteries. But, I suppose the creator of a private eye has to get out in public every so often. And I hate to travel - unless it's in the Commonwealth. Otherwise you meet so many foreigners, who don't even speak English. And all those beastly tourists - mostly Americans. They don't speak English either.
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There is a credit for the shoe polish brightening the cast's shoes. See more »
In the UK version of Holiday in Spain, Elizabeth Taylor is credited as Liz Rolyat, (Taylor spelled backwards). See more »
More please...that is more info about the 8 track sound system
I have been tempted by the Belock/Everest Records/Todd AO link up in terms of LPs, Around the World in Eighty Days, and highlights from Mike Todd's Broadway shows and the Night in Venice, where I think one part of it was filmed in Todd AO. You can hear the front 5 channel sound compressed into remarkable standard 2 channel stereo on the 80 Days LP.
I know the 6 channel Todd AO sound was Westrex and entirely independent of Belock recording but the later development of 8 channels held the possibility of rear stereo effects, the 6 channel format having mono rear sound, but in this case of smello vision one of these channels was also used to steer the scent effects.
I have spotted a Scent of Mystery soundtrack LP from Everest Records and wonder whether it is worth getting in terms of quality of the music on this film.
This may have been a cinematic dead end. But the real bad thing that happened was the tragedy of Mike Todd's premature death in that plane accident.
This is a most interesting discussion and I thank the others for their helpful comments, especially the guy who speaks from first hand experience and who commented on the great sound...that's why I am curious about whether it supplied rear stereo and what the prospects of the LP. I imagine this all predates any form of dolby encoding so the notion of being able to extract a pro logic surround sound from a two track stereo source did not exist.
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