The General

The General

During America’s Civil War, Union spies steal engineer Johnnie Gray's beloved locomotive, 'The General'—with Johnnie's lady love aboard an attached boxcar—and he single-handedly must do all in his power to both get The General back and to rescue Annabelle.



Original Title: The General
Year: 1926
Countries: United States of America
Category: Action,Adventure,Comedy,Drama,War
Languages: No Language
Production Companies: Buster Keaton Productions,Joseph M. Schenck Productions
Gender: Action,Adventure,Comedy,Drama,War
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017925
Movie Cast:

  • Johnny Gray: Buster Keaton
  • Annabelle Lee: Marion Mack
  • Captain Anderson: Glen Cavender
  • General Thatcher: Jim Farley
  • A Southern General: Frederick Vroom
  • Annabelle's Father: Charles Henry Smith
  • Union General: Joe Keaton
  • Officer on Horseback (uncredited): Al St. John
  • Annabelle's Brother: Frank Barnes
  • Union General: Mike Donlin
  • Union General: Tom Nawn
  • Raider (uncredited): Jimmy Bryant
  • Raider (uncredited): Budd Fine
  • Raider (uncredited): Ray Hanford
  • Raider (uncredited): Charles Phillips
  • Union Railroad Fireman (uncredited): Eddie Foster
  • Confederate Recruiter (uncredited): Frank Hagney
  • Bit Part (uncredited): Jack Hanlon
  • Union Officer (uncredited): Edward Hearn
  • Soldier (uncredited): Hilliard Karr
  • Soldier (uncredited): Louis Lewyn
  • Union General Who Gives Command to Cross Bridge (uncredited): Elgin Lessley

Movie Crew:

  • Adaptation: Al Boasberg
  • Stunts: Buster Keaton
  • Director: Clyde Bruckman
  • Producer: Joseph M. Schenck
  • Production Manager: Fred Gabourie
  • First Assistant Camera: Harry J. Wild
  • Director of Photography: Bert Haines
  • Director of Photography: Devereaux Jennings
  • Editor: Sherman Kell
  • Set Decoration: Harry Roselotte
  • Second Unit: Glen Cavender
  • Adaptation: Charles Henry Smith
  • Construction Foreman: Frank Barnes
  • Camera Operator: Byron Houck
  • Camera Operator: Elmer Ellsworth
  • Assistant Director: Edward Hearn
  • Stunts: Earl Mohan
  • Still Photographer: Dal Clawson
  • Makeup Artist: Fred Carlton Ryle
  • Production Coordinator: Harry Brand
  • Book: William Pittenger

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    2 Review

  1. Andres Gomez dice:

    Just amazing.

    Really, really impressive scenes with the railway engines and a physically incredible Keaton.

  2. CinemaSerf dice:

    There's quite a lot going on here - it is certainly comedic, but there is also plenty of action and even some romance in this American Civil War story. Keaton ("Johnnie") has been deemed more important as a railroad engineer so was rejected as a soldier - but this causes his girlfriend "Annabelle" and her family to think he is yella'! When the Yankees concoct a plan to steal his engine "The General" whilst she is travelling on it; he must use all his wits and guile to get them both back and is soon caught being enemy lines where he learns of their dastardly plan to attack. Can he get back with his gal and tell his confederates of the Unionist plans? There is something about the quality of the images - they are pretty much prefect; even when the train in rattling along a-pace. There are loads of skirmishes supporting a properly constructed, and exciting, story with plenty of drama and sometimes some quite scary bits too, all jammed into just over an hour. The version I saw had been re-scored by Carl Davis and that added immeasurably to the pace and tension - and the romance - and helped create a superb piece of cinema.

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