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The General
Also known as Le mecano de la General in France : [Roaring Rails]
(1926) United States of America
B&W : Eight reels / 7500 feet
Directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman

Cast: Buster Keaton [Johnny Gray], Marian Mack [Annabelle Lee], Glen Cavender [Captain Anderson], Jim Farley [General Thatcher], Frederick Vroom [Southern general], Charles Smith [Annabelle’s father], Frank Barnes [Annabelle’s brother], Joseph Keaton [Union general], Mike Donlin [Union general], Tom Nawn [Union general], Jackie Lowe, Jackie Hanlon, Frank Agney, Ross McCutcheon, Charles Phillips, Jack Dempster, Red Thompson, Anthony Harvey, Ray Hanford, Tom Moran, Bud Fine, Jimmie Bryant, Al Hanson

Buster Keaton Productions, Incorporated, production; distributed by United Artists Corporation. / Produced by Joseph M. Schenck. Scenario by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman, from the adaptation by Al Boasberg and Charles Smith of the short story “The Great Locomotive Chase” by William Pittenger. Costume design by J.K. Pitcairn and Fred C. Ryle. Makeup by Fred C. Ryle. Assistant director, Harry Barnes. Technical direction by Fred Gabourie. Lighting effects by Denver Harmon. Cinematography by J. Devereaux Jennings, Bert Haines and Elmer Ellsworth. Special effects by Jack Little. Film editors, J. Sherman Kell and Harry Barnes. Presented by Joseph M. Schenck. / © 22 December 1926 [LP23453]. Premiered 22 December 1926, in Los Angeles, California. Released 5 February 1927. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / Exteriors were shot on-location near Cottage Grove, Oregon. / Silent film.

Comedy: Historical: Civil War.

Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F2 n. F2.2032.

Survival status: Prints exist in the film holdings of the Cohen Media Group (Raymond Rohauer collection) [35mm positive]; in the film holdings of EmGee Film Library [16mm reduction positive]; and in private film collections [16mm reduction positives].

Current rights holder: Public domain [USA].

Keywords: Espionage: Spies - History: USA: American Civil War (1861-1865) - Railroads: Locomotives, Railroad tracks - Soldiers - Transportation: Trains: Train stations, Train tracks - USA: Georgia: Marietta - USA: Oregon: Cottage Grove - USA: Pacific Northwest - Weapons: Cannons, Guns

Listing updated: 10 February 2018.

References: Film credits; film viewing : AFI-F2 n. F2.2032; Bardèche-History pp. 292, 293; Bohn-Light pp. xxv, 101-102; Brownlow-Parade pp. 474, 482, 483, 486, 488, 490-491; Dardis-Keaton pp. 4, 94, 97, 104, 109, 114, 119, 134, 135, 137-145, 148, 149, 152, 171, 176, 219, 250, 271, 272, 292, 322; Edelman-Baseball pp. 29, 142; Fell-History p. 96; Geduld-Birth p. 147; Kerr-Silent pp. 240, 246, 247, 253-257, 260-261, 263, 298, 345; Kobal-Fifty p. 41; Lahue-Collecting p. 46; Lahue-World p. 144; Leish-Cinema pp. 62, 63; Limbacher-Feature pp. 91, 206; Maltin-Classic p. 243; McGhee-Wayne pp. 111, 118, 282; Perry-British p. 56; Pitts-Hollywood p. 145; Schelly-Langdon pp. 134, 208; Shipman-Cinema pp. 90, 93; Sinyard-Silent pp. 111, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 188; Sklar-Movie pp. 87, 118, 119, 120; Skretvedt-Magic p. 441; Sweeney-Coming pp. 106, 119; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 101, 162 : Documentary-Spotton.

Home video: Blu-ray Disc, DVD.

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