r/OldSchoolCool Oct 01 '22

Buster Keaton and his stunt from the 1927 film "The General"

382 Upvotes

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u/smokedstupid Oct 02 '22

Buster didn't seem too concerned with if he died. Seemed mostly focused on the how of it all

15

u/Klin24 Oct 02 '22

I wonder if those were hollow. Rail ties are heavy AF.

3

u/Michael1492 Oct 02 '22

Nope, Keaton did this stunts without a lot of shortcuts. Good movie.

13

u/majormal Oct 02 '22

Are you kidding? Those ties are heavy. no person could pick up one of those like that. I can attest as I saw one break a friends leg.

11

u/Auderdo Oct 02 '22

A beam like that is over 50kg; and given his height and his width, Keaton was probably 60kg top.

So, no, those weren't the real ones.

17

u/shinobi500 Oct 02 '22

Buster Keaton was a badass. I have no doubt the train is real but those beams have got to be props. Real wooden beams of that size would weight a ton.

2

u/OldHobbitsDieHard Oct 02 '22

Are you sure the train is real? Even just the locomotive has too much momentum and takes a while to stop. I assumed it was people pushing a frame or something.

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u/OwenWilsonsNose1 Oct 02 '22

Depends on how dry they are. Would take years but wood that is very dry feels like styrofoam.

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

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u/OwenWilsonsNose1 Oct 02 '22

Uhh

-2

u/Michael1492 Oct 02 '22

No, real wood. Keaton was amazing.

1

u/majormal Oct 02 '22

Bullshit. Those weigh hundreds of pounds

1

u/felixlightner Oct 02 '22

200-300 lbs

0

u/OwenWilsonsNose1 Oct 02 '22

Reading is hard.

4

u/3nd1ess Oct 02 '22

First off, amazing stunt, but in a real scenario, this would be pointless. The trains cowcatcher would split and shove anything out of the way. Both pieces of wood wouldnt do shit to stop the train.

2

u/Leafeater2000 Oct 02 '22

Glad nobody told him that.

2

u/SwimmingBeneficial93 Oct 02 '22

Wow. Just so scary that train would run right over his ass.

2

u/CSmith1986 Oct 02 '22

Historially fashion speaking, he's not to far off. Right hair style. Right use of the cravat. Looks like he's wearing an overshirt. Well done fashion wise.

2

u/tacoito Oct 02 '22

If you go frame by frame, you can see the second tie bend as he hits it with the first. I reckon those aren't wood.

1

u/proteccthebees Oct 02 '22

Buster Keaton is an absolute legend!!!