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In 1960, the movie “Scent of Mystery” opened in theaters, marking the first and only official attempt at Smell-O-Vision, in which strategic odors were emitted during the film from little pipes near the seats.

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At the time, it was big thinking and an interesting draw for moviegoers, sort of like the collective asthma attack everyone developed a few years ago for modern 3-D. Which I think most of us will now agree is more trouble than it’s worth.

Like wearing pants.

Before Smell-O-Vision, other motion pictures had unsuccessfully tried to use aromas in disjointed and haphazard ways. But in “Scent of Mystery,” new, specific patented technology was developed to actually drive the plot. And that hadn’t been done before.

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