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The General & A Dog’s Life

September 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm


A Charlie Chaplin-Buster Keaton double feature! Chaplin’s brilliant “A Dog’s Life” (1918) and Keaton’s unforgettable classic “The General” (1926) with live theatre organ accompaniment by Jay Warren!

Tickets are $12 advance purchase (available here) and $15 at the door on the day of the show.


A Dog’s Life is a 1918 American short silent film written, produced and directed by Charlie Chaplin. This was Chaplin’s first film for First National Films.

Chaplin plays opposite an animal as “co-star”. “Scraps” (the dog) was the hero in this film, as he helps Charlie and Edna towards a better life. Edna Purviance plays a dance hall singer and Charlie Chaplin, The Tramp. Sydney Chaplin (Chaplin’s brother) had a small role in this film; this was the first time the two brothers were on screen together.

Charles Lapworth, a former newspaper editor who had met Chaplin when he interviewed him, took a role as a consultant on the film.

The General is a 1926 American silent comedy film released by United Artists. It was inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase, a true story of an event that occurred during the American Civil War. The story was adapted from the memoir The Great Locomotive Chase by William Pittenger. The film stars Buster Keaton who co-directed it with Clyde Bruckman.

At the time of its initial release, The General, an action-adventure-comedy made toward the end of the silent era, was not well received by critics and audiences, resulting in mediocre box office returns (about half a million dollars domestically, and approximately one million worldwide). Because of its then-huge budget ($750,000 supplied by Metro chief Joseph Schenck) and failure to turn a significant profit, Keaton lost his independence as a filmmaker and was forced into a restrictive deal with MGM. In 1954 the film entered the public domain in the United States because its claimant did not renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.

The General has since been reevaluated, and is now often ranked among the greatest American films ever made, and was included in the first class of the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989.


September 20, 2019
8:00 pm


Catlow Theater
116 W Main St.
Barrington, IL 60010 United States
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(224) 517-2055