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The General


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


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

Release: Dec. 31st, 1926
Runtime: 1 hour, 19 minutes
During America’s Civil War, Union spies steal engineer Johnnie Gray's beloved locomotive, 'The General'—with Johnnie's lady love aboard an attached boxcar—and he single-handedly must do all in his power to both get The General back and to rescue Annabelle.
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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.
Citizen Rules
Keaton wrote, directed and starred in this film and like Orson Welles and Citizen Kane, The General was the last time that Keaton would have full control over his films, which is indeed sad.
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 ....