One of Buster Keaton’s most popular comedies, co-directed by him and Clyde Bruckman, tells the story of Johnnie, a man who loves his train (“The General”) and Annabelle Lee. When the Civil War begins, he is turned down for service because he's more valuable as an engineer, but Annabelle thinks it's because he's a coward.
When Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board, Johnnie has an opportunity to show his bravery by rescuing his two loves.
Buster Keaton…. Johnnie Gray
Marion Mack…. Annabelle Lee
Charles Smith (V)…. Mr. Lee
Richard Allen (I)…. His Son
Glen Cavender…. Captain Anderson
Jim Farley (I)…. General Thatcher
Frederick Vroom…. Southern General
Joe Keaton…. Union General
Mike Donlin…. Union General
Tom Nawn…. Union General
Directed by Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton
Screenplay by Al Boasberg and Buster Keaton
Silent, Black and White