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The Tree in a Test Tube (1943)

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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 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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About as interesting as staring at wood pulp!
2 January 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The film consists of a narrator talking to Laurel and Hardy. The boys say nothing much (other than a laugh) and it was made on grainy color film for release in the theaters during WWII to educate (and bore) audiences on the importance of having wood.

This was a Pete Smith Specialty--one of many Pete Smith shorts made during the 1940s. Compared to the other Pete Smith shorts I have seen, this one manages to be even duller--even though it uses Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy to demonstrate that they've got wood in practically everything they are carrying--such as rayons, pressed wood, etc. In many ways, it looks like a film that should have been made for a wood products convention, as no other human beings could possibly find this interesting. In fact, tedious is probably the best description of the short. Even die-hard fans of Laurel and Hardy (like myself) would find this excruciating and you can't detect even the faintest whiff of a laugh.


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