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The General (1927 movie)

8 Ratings: 4.9
A 1927 movie directed by Clyde Bruckman.

         [Below Synopsis may contain SPOILERS!]      The film opens in 1861. Johnny Gray, an engineer for the Western and Atlanta Railroad, has entered Marietta, Georgia. He is greeted by two young … see full wiki

Director: Buster Keaton
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release Date: February 5, 1927
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about The General (1927 movie)

Three very funny classics

  • Jun 28, 2011
Rating:
+5
It is fun watching classic films. They are so different than modern ones. This is a set of three digitally mastered movies: The General, from 1926, lasts 75 minutes; The Playhouse, from 1921, is 23 minutes; and Cops, from 1922, is 18 minutes. Buster Keaton stars in all three. He was one of two writers and directors of each. They are in black and white, no talking. The films are clear. They are funny.

The General is the name of a train and Keaton is its engineer. It is 1861 and the Civil war is just beginning. Keaton's girl friend wants him to enlist on the southern side. He tries, but the recruitment office rejects him because an engineer is more important than a soldier. His girl friend does not understand why he did not join, thinks he is a coward, and says she does not want to see him again. She calls him a disgrace to the south. The bulk of the film shows how he saves the south one-handedly in a bungling and funny way, as his girl friend watches with pride.

The Playhouse has many scenes where Keaton plays every role, male and female, conductor and audience, a group of dancers, a monkey. Cops is the quintessential chase film that many viewers consider the best of this genre.
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June 28, 2011
Good review. This silent film was hilarious. You didn't need dialogue to follow along. The physical humor was amazing.
June 28, 2011
Thanks for your kind comment. Israel
 
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