"Don't enlist him. He is more valuable to the South as an engineer."
Johnnie Gray had two loves in his life; his engine, The General and his sweetheart, Annebelle Lee. When war breaks out between the states he dutifully tries to enlist, but is turned away. Union spies steal The General (with his girl aboard), forcing Johnnie to singlehandedly chase after them behind enemy lines in a daring rescue attempt.
Based on a true story, The General (1927) is considered by many to be Buster Keaton's masterpiece. The General also lays claim to the single most costly special effect of the Silent Era. Keaton originally planned to film in Georgia using the actual General, but Confederate veterans objected to a comedy and production was moved to Cottage Grove Oregon. Using modified logging engines, Keaton is a sight to behold as he deftly clambers on and around the moving locomotives with stunning ease and agility, barely sixty years after the real events took place.
NCRD Performing Arts Center presents Buster Keaton's The General (1927), the third of three silent films featuring live musical accompaniment performed by pianist Liz Cole.