Poorly received on its initial release, THE GENERAL is now widely considered to be Buster Keaton's greatest film. The story of a Southern railroad engineer who becomes a Civil War hero, THE GENERAL is inarguably Keaton's most stirring movie, if not his greatest. (It is also the Keaton film
that loses the most impact when viewed on a TV screen.)
Marietta, Georgia, the spring of 1861: Young Johnnie Gray (Buster Keaton), a railroad man, loves only two things in life: "The General," his train engine, and Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack). When word arrives that Fort Sumter has been fired upon, Johnnie attempts to enlist in the Confederate army,
but is rejected. Annabelle...