The General

If you’ve never seen The General, there’s no better way to experience it than this: The film is a pure delight that follows the exploits of train engineer Johnnie Gray (Keaton) as he tries to prove himself to his beloved Annabelle (Marion Mack) and hold the lines against an encroaching attack by Union soldiers. It may have been a flop upon its initial release, forcing the director to give up his independence and sign with MGM, but the film’s mixture of comedy, romance, and thrilling action sequences wound up providing the foundation upon which similarly minded modern fare like Shane Black’s The Nice Guys is built.


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