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Laurel and Hardy demonstrate the uses of wood in this World War II propaganda film.

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Stan and Ollie are stopped by narrator Pete Smith for the purpose of showing the audience how much wood and wood by-products the average person carries. Stan and Ollie then begin to open their pockets and briefcase, pulling out a variety of things that derive from the tree. The narrator talks all the way through this short film (about 7 minutes long). The idea is that scientists can put everything that comes from the tree into one test tube. Written by Bob Silvia <rsilvia@wyoming.com>

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17 April 1943 (USA)  »

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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's only color theatrical short subject. See more »

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Narrator for first half of film: Let's see the rest of your junk... I mean your nice things.
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Wooden short
11 July 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Other than the presence of Laurel&Hardy in it, The Tree In A Test Tube would pass into oblivion that most educational films do. The film is one of the Pete Smith specialties that MGM used to turn out by the dozen, some with humor others that attempted it, but didn't succeed.

This is one of them as MGM and Pete Smith thought that the mere presence of Laurel&Hardy would hold the audiences attention as the audience listened to a litany of the many uses that wood has in our daily lives.

Maybe if Stan&Ollie did some of their shtick during the short it might be better remembered. As it is it's for Stan&Ollie completists only.


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