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"A Tale of Old Whiff", the animated one-reel cartoon has been found
By Randy Gitsch
We are delighted to report that "A Tale of Old Whiff", the animated, one-reel cartoon by Johh Hubley that originally accompanied the "Scent of Mystery" feature in its' 1960 theatrical release, and one which was officially "lost", when he and Dave Strohmaier were desperately looking for it to accompany their DVD/Blu-Ray re-mastered release of that feature, has been found.
Scent of Mystery at the TCM Classic Film Festival 2016
By Dave Strohmaier and Tom March
The 2016 TCM Classic Film festival is a really big Hollywood event held over four days between April 28 and May 1 in the heart of Hollywood. The Cinerama contribution was the Mike Todd, Jr.'s "Smell-O-Vision" Cinerama Dome screening of “Scent of Mystery”. It screened on May 1 at 10:00AM to a full house. It was hosted by LEONARD MALTIN - Film Critic and Historian with a special guest appearance by BEVERLY BENTLEY who played the decoy Sally Kennedy in the film.
"Holiday in Spain" @ the Cinerama Dome
By Strohmaier & Co
Sunday May 1st.. It is partly a live audience participation event where live actors come off the screen. We will have appearances by 2 of the original cast members, The daughter of Mike Todd Jr., and some give away BluRays. Several Lobby displays related to Smell and the Todd 70mm process.
Scent of Mystery lives again!
By Tammy Burnstock
Fifty-five years after its original scented release, Scent of Mystery (AKA Holiday in Spain) lives once again in glorious Smell-O-Vision! In two special events: for the Widescreen Weekend Festival, Bradford UK and in front of a full house at the Danish Film Institute in Copenhagen, the movie was screened with a new experimental participatory scent track.
About "Scent of Mystery"
By Jack Cardiff
How did I come to direct 'Scent of Mystery'? Well, I had quite a success on a previous film, "Sons and Lovers", and I suppose the natural thing... I had met Michael Todd's father who died, and he had wanted me to direct "Don Quixote". But nothing finally came of it because he died soon after that. But I was automatically chosen for 'Scent of Mystery'. As I say, I was very pleased because it was something that had interested me for years- and I still have an interest in it. But it was such a sad thing that the film was made... as integral part of the film was of course the use of smells, and it didn't come off because the smells were nothing, they were a fake.
A Brief History about Hans Laube
By Carmen Laube
Hans Laube was born in Zurich on February 21, 1900. He passed away in NYC in 1976. When Hans was born Queen Victoria was still alive and ruling. His childhood experiences included witnessing a cortege interrupted by noise emulating from inside the coffin; the 'body' was still alive! That may have stimulated his lifelong fear of doctors. A trip to the hospital was just the first stop on the road to the cemetery.
Be part of Smell-O-Vision history! A campaign to re-start Mike Todd Jr's. Smell-O-Vision for future screenings of "Holiday In Spain"
"Scent of Mystery" was the first and only film to feature a sophisticated automated scent track with "each dramatic point woven into the actual presence of a smell. Help bring this recently restored Cinerama treat to the very big screen in new and improved Smell-O-Vision by supporting two pilot screenings. We need to make these scented events as great as they can possibly be so we can tour Cinema with Scent all around the world in 2016!
 

Working for Mike Todd
By Glenda Jensen
Midori Tsuji was a fascinating and beautiful woman. She took care of everything for Mike and, occasionally, for Elizabeth. I wanted to be like her.
Paul Rayton Remembers "Scent of Mystery" in 3 minutes and 49 seconds
By Thomas Hauerslev
I believe the odours were directed towards us by little pipes in between the seats in front of us. I remember a scent of some shaving cream, and a couple of other smells, vaguely. I didn’t have the complaint about the smell lingering afterwards, which apparently was one of them – but still I was getting some smells. But OK – it was a process, but possibly not perfect.
Dave Strohmaier
By Thomas Hauerslev
W
e went to see "Seven Wonders of the World" in 1957, It was an interesting and very unique movie experience, because because seeing that in the widescreen format was kind of mind boggling. That is probably why Cinerama lasted so long, because it was so different. Not only did it create a wide screen in the cinema, but it was different on its own right, and people felt they were moving with the theatre.
Cinerama Inc. Scans "Holiday In Spain"
By Dave Strohmaier

Inspired by the scanning and remastering of "Windjammer" and their library of Cinerama films, Cinerama Inc. decided to go ahead and see what could be done with Mike Todd Jr.'s "lost" 70mm film
Some thoughts after a 2004 screening
By Rick Mitchell
A very young Denholm Elliott, does very well in a role that appears to have been conceived for a David Niven, but Peter Lorre seems to be sleepwalking through his part and Paul Lukas and Leo McKern weren't exactly household names in those days.
"Scent of Mystery" comments
By Marvin Walowitz
I was working (about 1959) on the same lot as Todd-AO at the time (the old Chaplin studio), and I would drop in on the dubbing stage when I had time, and would observe the mixing (or really pre-dubbing). Some years later (about 1966), I bought a batch of 17.5mm mag rolls from someone who worked at Todd-AO sound (they had moved to Seward St.). These were the original production recordings for "Scent of Mystery".
"Holiday in Spain" Screens in Spain
By Dave Strohmaier
Upon hearing that this rare film, which was largely filmed in Malaga had been reconstructed and re-mastered, Festival director Juan Antonio Vigar and local newspaperman and film historian, Francisco Grinan contacted David Strohmaier about the possibility of showing the film at this years festivities.
"Holiday In Spain" released on Blu-Ray
Redwind Productions Inc., in association with Cinerama Inc, is proud to present for the very first time – the lost and now re-mastered 70mm treat, filmed entirely in Spain…Originally titled “Scent of Mystery” and presented in “Smell-O-Vision”, this unique and magical adventure, follows a mystery novelist, played by Denholm Elliott, who discovers a plan to murder an American heiress, played by Beverly Bentley, while on vacation in Spain.
“Scent of Mystery” Playdate History
By David Coles
In its original “SCENT OF MYSTERY” incarnation a new sound concept was featured, which unfortunately was never used again. Todd-Belock 8-channel Stereophonic sound was essentially normal 6-track magnetic 70mm sound, but with Perspecta-like encoding on the 6th surround channel. This automatically directed that track to left, right and rear auditorium speakers, as appropriate, during the showing.
 
 
A Tale of Old Whiff
By F Gwynplaine MacIntyre
I saw "A Tale of Old Whiff" WITHOUT the Smell-O-Vision apparatus ... an absence which diminishes the effect of this film, as we're meant to be able to smell all the items that Old Whiff doesn't notice. Still this is an excellent and innovative cartoon ... not especially funny, but charming and imaginative. I wish that it were widely available, even without the Smell-O-Vision.
My father never really talked about the motion picture business
Cyrus Todd in Conversation
I worked in the motion picture business for about four years in New York, and then I moved back to Ireland became a chef. I did that for about twenty years. My legs have gotten old and I decided to find something else. And a friend of a friend said I should get into the appliance business – there was somebody looking for help, and instead of standing behind a stove and cooking, now I stand in front of them and sell them!
Oliver Michael Todd in Conversation
My name is Oliver Michael Todd. I was born in New York where I lived the first six years of my life. I went to University in the US and actually took a little detour from University and went to Los Angeles before I became a school teacher and over a series of years and different locations found myself lucky enough to find a job in Copenhagen.
Mike Todd, Jr. Interview
By Roy Frumkes
“This Is Cinerama” opened to rave reviews. All of Dad's ideas had worked - the name of the film was his, the roadshow concept was his. No one had believed his predictions about Cinerama; now everyone was listening.
Letters and Dust Devils
Susan Jane Todd in Conversation

My father had the difficult job of following in his father’s footsteps. I think my father always wanted to be a philosopher: that was his Major in college. He loved fine art – painting and sculpture. And good literature. But he got stuck with "Scent of Mystery" this because his father died. They were just about to work on a Todd-AO movie – "Don Quixote". He couldn’t do it because he was in so much grief – so he made this project.
Mike Todd, Jr. Obituary
Michael Todd Jr., who made a Smell-O-Vision film that combined movies with changing odors, died May 4, 2002 at his home in Ireland. He was 72.

The Lingering Reek of “Smell-O-Vision”
By Patrick Kiger & Martin Smith
While "Scent of Mystery" wasn’t the first attempt to employ aromas in filmmaking, it was by far the most technologically intricate. It was the first motion picture that relied upon smells as integral devices in the plot
"Holiday In Spain" released on Blu-Ray
Redwind Productions Inc., in association with Cinerama Inc, is proud to present for the very first time – the lost and now re-mastered 70mm treat, filmed entirely in Spain…Originally titled “Scent of Mystery” and presented in “Smell-O-Vision”, this unique and magical adventure, follows a mystery novelist, played by Denholm Elliott, who discovers a plan to murder an American heiress, played by Beverly Bentley, while on vacation in Spain.

LEONARD MALTIN SAYS
Sunday morning brought the eagerly-awaited revival of Smell-O-Vision at the Cinerama Dome, where a hard-working team offered Michael Todd Jr.’s Holiday in Spain (originally shown as Scent of Mystery). Leading lady Beverly Bentley was there, with clear recollections of the film’s premiere in 1960, along with her stand-in and friend Sandra Shahan and Gary Dawson, the son of Diana Dors, who makes a memorable cameo in the film. Having seen the movie on Blu-ray last year (and been unimpressed) my wife and I were skeptical that this presentation would be worthwhile. But with audience members opening spray vials on cue and using fans to spread the aromas we had to admit we were wrong. The movie played much better on the curved Cinerama screen and the scents—from roses to red wine—wafted through the theater just as they were supposed to.

Leonard Maltin, USA
03.05.2016
 
 

Online: 02-06-1999. Updated: 22-12-2016