The General

directed by Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton
Category: "Action/Adventure"
Year of Release:1926
Date Added:11/07/2015
Date Watched:11/07/2015
Description:Keaton plays Johnnie Gray, a Georgian train engineer who isn't allowed to enlist in the Confederate Army because his services are too valuable. His girl, Annabelle (Marion Mack) rejects him because he isn't in uniform. When Union soldiers steal The General (his train), Gray takes off in solo pursuit. He runs, then uses a cart, then takes over another engine. His chase takes him behind enemy lines. He's hiding out when he discovers that Annabelle was on the stolen train and is now a prisoner. He rescues her and steals back his train. The Union army pursues with two other engines. After a long chase, Gray burns a bridge, stopping the pursuing trains. He alerts the Confederate forces in time for them to stop the Union army. Johnnie is rewarded with an officer's uniform and gets the girl too.
My Rating:7

Reviews for The General

Review - General, The

Probably not one I'll be in hurry to watch again, but it was entertaining. Played like an exciting action movie with funny bits thrown in throughout. Watching Keaton's deadpan expressions in response to Annabelle's good-hearted but silly actions was hilarious. In several scenes, he didn't warn other actors what was about to happen so their responses were real.

Perhaps the funniest scene took place on the train as Johnnie fled back south. He's driving and asks Annabelle to put wood in the burner. First she throws a huge log off the train instead of into the burner because it has a hole in it. Then she picks up a stick about the size of a paint stirrer and throws that in and closes the door. Johnnie stares at her, then reaches down and picks up a stick about the size of a pencil and hands it to her. She takes it, opens the door and throws it in, then closes the door while Johnnie looks on in deadpan astonishment.
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