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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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Drzewo w probówce  »

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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy filmed their sequence on November 29, 1941, eight days before the attack on Pearl Harbour. 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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Stan and Ollie on their lunch break
5 July 2009 | by (www.moviemoviesite.com) – See all my reviews

It's surprising how old Laurel and Hardy look in this wartime propaganda short. They were only a few years past the prime of their career, but they looked like that period was about twenty years behind them.

Made in their lunch hour according to IMDb's trivia section, you can't help thinking they could have probably found more interesting ways of filling their time. The film consists of Pete Smith's voice telling them all about the different things wood is used for. There must have been a reason the US government felt it was important that the country should know about this, but you have to wonder why. Was it so people would be kinder to wood? Or perhaps they wanted people to stop hoarding it. Whatever the reason, the boredom quotient of the subject matter is counter-balanced by Stan and Ollie's presence - they're definitely the best thing about this short.


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