Train engineer Johnnie Gray has two great loves - his fiancee Annabelle Lee and his locomotive "The General". When Union spies steal Johnnie's beloved train along with Annabelle, he sets out in pursuit straight through enemy lines.
Buster Keaton co-directed and starred in this silent comedy. Its failure at the box office meant Keaton lost his independence as a filmmaker and was forced into a restrictive contract with MGM. In stark contrast, critics today consider The General to be one of the greatest films ever made.