The Railrodder (1965)


Canadians of a certain vintage will well remember The Railrodder, one of the inestimable Buster Keaton’s last hurrahs.  It is a chuckle-laden 24-minute cross-country travelogue of Old Canada—before the new flag, before armed forces unification, before separation referendums, before Trudeaumania and the late ’60s would remake the face of the elder Dominion.  Interestingly,  both red and blue Canadian ensigns make an appearance in the film.

I had a vague recollection of seeing this as a child, and was fortunate to find a digital version for the AppleTV.  It is, of course, present on YouTube, inconveniently split into three parts (links: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3).

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