United Artists released The General to theaters on February 5, 1927. Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton directed the film which starred Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, and Glen Cavender.
‘The General’ Movie Summary
Based on a true story during the Civil War, The General starts with Buster Keaton playing Johnnie Gray, a talented train engineer from the South who has two loves of his life – his engine, and his girlfriend, Annabelle. As Johnnie is courting Annabelle, her brother and father get word the Civil War has started so they are going to volunteer for the Confederacy. Johnnie is guilted into enlisting also.
During the enlistment, Johnnie is determined by the powers that be he is more valuable as an engineer than as a soldier so he is told to go away with a swift kick to his caboose. But Johnnie doesn’t know why he was rejected. Annabelle’s family see him and believe he is a coward for not joining so Annabelle and her family tell him they don’t want anything to do with him anymore.
Fast forward one year… Johnnie is still engineer on The General. A plan is hatched by the North Army’s Captain Anderson to steal The General and as they make a run for the north, they will knock out telegraph lines and damage tracks so the Confederacy has no supplies. As they steal The General, they accidentally take Annabelle prisoner.read full summary
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