Johnnie loves his train ("The General") and Annabelle Lee. When the Civil War begins he is turned down for service because he's more valuable as an engineer. Annabelle thinks it's because he's a coward. Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board. Johnnie must rescue both his loves.
This is one of the great silent classics of all time. Keaton does all his own stunts.
Also on the bill, a Screen Director's Playhouse TV episode from 1955 featuring Keaton as a destitute out of work silent film comedian(obiously based on himself). A fascinating historical artifact.
Film historian Christopher Perry will introduce the films.
Vintage film prints will be screened.
WANT FREE ADMISSION??? Bring a cinema related book to the Bijou and donate it to the Bijou reference library and you will get in free. Note: It has to be a book that the reference library currently does not have.
WANT ADMISSION FOR 25 CENTS??? Since movie tickets in the 1930's and 40's could be bought for 25 cents we will give you admission for 25 cents in change if the coins are silver(that means dated before 1965).
DIRECTIONS COMING FROM THE LOW DESERT: From Hwy 10, take Hwy 62 north until you reach Yucca Valley. Once you are in Yucca Valley take a right at the second stoplight(Kickapoo Trail) and go 2 blocks to the stop sign(Onaga Trail) where you take a left. Go 2.8 miles and you are there. You will see the Bijou sign in front.