The discussion between the School Principal and Francine Fishpaw (Divine when Dexter Fishpaw (Ken King) is expelled is sampled at the start of the later song "Frontier Psychiatrist" (2000) by Australian band The Avalanches.
There was a scene that was cut during production where Dexter Fishpaw (Ken King) relapsed after returning from prison and shaved off an eyebrow. This explains why he has both eyebrows upon returning home and towards the end of the film.
A number of the characters had names that were alliterated. These were Todd Tomorrow, Francine Fishpaw, Cuddles Kovinsky, Sandra Sullivan and Bo-Bo Belsinger. One of the lead cast had an alliterated name too that being Ken King.
This picture would be the last major movie to feature a "scratch-and-sniff" card film gimmick until Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (2011) thirty years later which featured one called "Aromascope" with this later movie being first released in cinemas in the 30th Anniversary year of Polyester (1981).
The film's closing credits state: "The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation and assistance provided by the County Executive's Office of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and the Mayor's Office of the City of Baltimore, Maryland."
The scratch-and-sniff card of "Odorama" was not the first time such gimmick had been employed in motion pictures as it had been preceded by "Aroma Roma" in 1959 and "Smell-o-Vision" in 1960. Later, such a type of gimmick would later also be used for Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (2011), where it was called "Aromascope".
Director William Castle was a hero of this film's director John Waters. Castle's movies frequently featured gimmicks and this inspired Waters to use the "Odorama" (Scratch 'n' Sniff Cards) gimmick for this movie.
Todd Tomorrow (Tab Hunter) takes Francine Fishpaw (Divine) to an "intellectual" drive-in theatre showing three Marguerite Duras movies. In their next cinema movie collaboration, Lust in the Dust (1985), the name of the saloon cantina was "Marguerita's" which was named after it's owner Marguerita Ventura (Lainie Kazan).
Divine starred in this John Waters movie playing a character, Francine Fishpaw, who had an alliterated name. In their previous cinema movie collaboration, Divine had portrayed a character called "Dawn Davenport", a character who also had an alliterated name.
The real-life Edmondson Drive-in Theater featured in this film was located at 6000 Baltimore National Pike in Catonsville, Maryland, US. It has now been demolished. The venue, which had a car capacity of 950 cars, had originally opened in May 1954, and closed its gates in 1991, which was about a decade or ten years after Polyester (1981) had premiered.
Reportedly, the Odorama name and logo were used by Paramount Pictures and the producers of Rugrats Go Wild (2003) as New Line Pictures had allowed the copyright rights to expire and this allegedly aggrieved director John Waters.
The movie's "Smelling is Believing" was a reference and/or parody of the earlier tagline "Seeing is Believing" which is also the name of a 1941 mystery novel and an earlier British film [See: Seeing Is Believing (1934)].
Regular John Waters' "Dreamlanders" acting troupe regulars who appeared in this film included: Divine, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Cookie Mueller, Sharon Niesp, Jean Hill, Marina Melin, Susan Lowe, and Mary Vivian Pearce.
The nick-name of the anti-social pest who stomped on peoples' feet was "The Foot Stomper" or "The Baltimore Foot Stomper". The character who did this stomping was glue-sniffing Dexter Fishpaw (Ken King).
The variety of items seen in the picture's cartoon movie poster featuring Francine Fishpaw (Divine wearing white slippers holding an assortment of items, some of which related to the smells featured both in the film and in the associated movie gimmick scratch-and-smell Odorama card, were: A tube of glue; a piece of chocolate topped cake; a pair of shoes which were sneakers; a trash can with garbage with a yellow banana skin hanging of the rim; a spilling cup of coffee with a saucer; a skunk with a large tail; a spilling bottle of JB scotch whiskey; a red can of gas with spout with the word "GAS" in yellow lettering; a browned roasted turkey; a rose flower; a lit burning rollie joint; an aerosol can of air freshener; a steaming hot silver coffee pot; an autographed black-and-white photograph of Todd Tomorrow (Tab Hunter); and a white and greenish fish jumping out of some splashing blue water from a pink toilet.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
The ten smells on the gimmick Odorama scratch and sniff card which were featured in the film were as follows in the same chronological order as in the film and also corresponding to the same number on the scratch and smell card: 1 - Rose (i.e. a flower) ; 2 - Flatulence ; 3 - Model Airplane Glue ; 4 - Pizza ; 5 - Gasoline from a Can ; 6 - Skunk ; 7 - Natural Gas from a Gas Oven ; 8 - Leather Upholstery in a New Car ; 9 - Dirty Shoes (i.e. a pair of sneakers) ; and 10 - Air Freshener from an Aerosol Can.