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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
9.74 /10
Johnnie Gray ......... Buster Keaton , Annabelle Lee ........ Marion Mack, Mr. Lee .............. Charles Smith
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Directed by: Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman
Written by: Al Boasberg, Charles Smith

Released: 1926
Origin: US
Length: 80

In the American Civil War, a confederate train-driver (Buster Keaton, pictured) has his train and girl-friend (Marion Mack) stolen by Union soldiers.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Buster Keaton, deadpan king of the sight-gag, is on top form as he tries to win back his train and his girl. After a slow start, it gathers pace to become among the best of all comedy silents, and the most lavishly produced. The period detail is extraordinary. Even more extraordinary was the hostile reception it ran into from critics on release. In a 1972 poll taken by Sight and Sound magazine, The General was voted one of the 10 greatest films of all time.

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