Starring: Buster Keaton
Directed by: Buster Keaton
In the 1830s, there is a feud between the McKays and Canfields. When John McKay is killed, his wife sends their one years old baby Willie to New York to be raised by her sister to avoid the fued. Twenty years later, Willie McKay (Buster Keaton) returns to claim for his family state. Along the train travel (within a highly authentic reproduction of a period train), he meets a young lady and they fall in love. However, it turns out that she is the youngest Canfield and her family has not forgotten the quarrel against the McKays.
The diminutive steam engine used in the film was a faithful, mechanically accurate re-creation of Stephenson’s Rocket. Equally accurate was the replica of the early bicycle ridden by Willie near the start of the film – so accurate, in fact, that it was requested by the Smithsonian Institute for display.