The General

The General (1926)

Buster drives "The General" to trainload of laughter.

  • Genre: Comedy, War, Adventure, Action, History, Romance
  • Release Date: 1926-12-25
  • User Rating: 7.9/10 from 1109 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 19min
  • Language: No Language
  • Production Company: Joseph M. Schenck Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America, United Kingdom
  • Directors: Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman.
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During America’s Civil War, Union spies steal engineer Johnny 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.

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  • Buster Keaton

    as Johnny Gray
  • Marion Mack

    as Annabelle Lee
  • Glen Cavender

    as Captain Anderson
  • Jim Farley

    as General Thatcher
  • Frederick Vroom

    as A Southern General
  • Charles Henry Smith

    as Annabelle's Father
  • Joe Keaton

    as Union General
  • Al St. John

    as Officer on Horseback (uncredited)
  • Frank Barnes

    as Annabelle's Brother
  • Mike Donlin

    as Union General
  • Tom Nawn

    as Union General
  • Jimmy Bryant

    as Raider (uncredited)
  • Budd Fine

    as Raider (uncredited)
  • Ray Hanford

    as Raider (uncredited)
  • Charles Phillips

    as Raider (uncredited)
  • Eddie Foster

    as Union Railroad Fireman (uncredited)
  • Frank Hagney

    as Confederate Recruiter (uncredited)
  • Jack Hanlon

    as Bit Part (uncredited)
  • Edward Hearn

    as Union Officer (uncredited)
  • Hilliard Karr

    as Soldier (uncredited)
  • Louis Lewyn

    as Soldier (uncredited)
  • Elgin Lessley

    as Union General Who Gives Command to Cross Bridge (uncredited)
Writing Al Boasberg Adaptation
Writing Buster Keaton Screenplay
Directing Buster Keaton Director
Editing Buster Keaton Editor
Production Buster Keaton Producer
Crew Buster Keaton Stunts
Writing Clyde Bruckman Screenplay
Directing Clyde Bruckman Director
Production Joseph M. Schenck Producer
Art Fred Gabourie Art Direction
Production Fred Gabourie Production Manager
Camera Harry J. Wild First Assistant Camera
Camera Bert Haines Director of Photography
Camera Devereaux Jennings Director of Photography
Editing Sherman Kell Editor
Art Harry Roselotte Set Decoration
Crew Glen Cavender Second Unit
Writing Charles Henry Smith Adaptation
Camera Frank Barnes Grip
Art Frank Barnes Construction Foreman
Camera Byron Houck Camera Operator
Camera Elmer Ellsworth Camera Operator
Directing Edward Hearn Assistant Director
Crew Earl Mohan Stunts
Camera Dal Clawson Still Photographer
Costume & Make-Up Fred Carlton Ryle Makeup Artist
Production Harry Brand Production Coordinator
Writing William Pittenger Book