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The Tree in a Test Tube

Sound Short - Released 17 April 1943

It is their only known surviving color film, shot in Kodachrome on 16mm, and is basically World War II propaganda. Their routine lasts around five minutes and was shot silent (their voices are not heard); the second half of the film is unrelated documentary footage. To the voice-over commentary of Pete Smith, Stan and Oliver produce various props - the contents of a suitcase and their wallets - all manufactured from wood, or containing wood byproducts such as cellulose. These are used to demonstrate the omnipresence of wood in the American economy.

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