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The General


Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley View All


Clyde Bruckman (Director), Buster Keaton (Director), Clyde Bruckman (Screenplay), Buster Keaton (Screenplay) View All

Released: Jan. 17th, 1927
Runtime: 1 hour, 19 minutes
During America’s Civil War Union spies steal engineer Johnnie Gray's beloved locomotive The General - his lady love, Annabelle Lee, aboard an attached boxcar - and he single-handedly must do all in his power to both get The General back and to rescue Annabelle. Released throughout most of the world in 1927, this Silent comedy-action film flopped when originally released, but now is regarded as one of the great American motion pictures. The story...
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Silent films provoke imagination more than usual films, because the conversations, accents and overall tone need to be imagined, as they can not be pointed out by text cards.
Holden Pike
The General was especially a good fit for the occasion because even though it wasn't released until 1927, it was filmed in 1926, and it was filmed south of the city in Cottage Grove, Oregon...meaning it, too, is celebrating its 80th birthday (or at least the 80th birthday from when it was filmed in the state).