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Buster Keaton plays Johnny Gray, a Southern railroad engineer who loves his train engine, The General, almost as much as he loves Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack). When the opening shots of the Civil War are fired at Fort Sumter, Johnny tries to enlist -- and he is deemed too useful as an engineer to be a soldier. All Johnny knows is that he's been rejected, and Annabelle, thinking him a coward, turns her back on him. When Northern spies steal the General (and, unwittingly, Annabelle), the story switches from drama and romance to adventure mixed with Keaton's trademark deadpan humor as he uses every means possible to catch up to the General, thwart the Yankees, and rescue his darling Annabelle -- for starters. As always, Keaton performs his own stunts, combining his prodigious dexterity, impeccable comic timing, and expressive body language to convey more emotion than the stars of any of the talkies that were soon to dominate cinema. ~ Emru Townsend, Rovi

  • Release date:February 5, 1927

Cast

Buster Keaton
as Johnnie Gray
Glen Cavender
as Capt. Anderson
Jim Farley
as Gen, Thatcher
Mike Donlin
as Union General
Tom Nawn
as Union General
Jimmy Bryant
as Raider
Anthony Harvey
as Raider
Edward Hearn
as Union Officer
Frank S. Hagney
as Recruiting Officer
Anthony Harvey
as Raider
Edward Hearn
as Union Officer
Jimmy Bryant
as Raider

Crew

Clyde Bruckman
Director
Buster Keaton
Director
Joseph M. Schenck
Producer
Buster Keaton
Screenwriter
Al Boasberg
Screenwriter
Clyde Bruckman
Screenwriter
Bert Haines
Cinematographer
Lee Erwin
Composer (Music Score)
Buster Keaton
Editor
Harry Barnes
Additional Editing
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