The General: Silent film accompanied by Clark Wilson on the Mighty Wurlitzer
March 11, 2012
See this original silent film from 1926, directed by Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton, starring Buster Keaton, Marion Mack and Glen Cavender.
Rejected by the Confederate Army as unfit and taken for a coward by his beloved Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack), young Johnnie Gray (Keaton) sets out to single-handedly win the war with the help of his cherished locomotive. What follows is one of the most cleverly choreographed comedies ever recorded on celluloid. Johnnie wages war against hijackers, an errant cannon, and the unpredictable hand of fate while roaring along the iron rails exploiting the comic potential of Keaton's favorite filmic prop, the train.