The General (1926 film)

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The General is a 1926 American silent comedy film released by United Artists.wikipedia
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Buster Keaton

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The film stars Buster Keaton who co-directed it with Clyde Bruckman.
Many of Keaton's films from the 1920s remain highly regarded, such as Sherlock Jr. (1924), The General (1926), and The Cameraman (1928), with The General widely viewed as his masterpiece.

Marion Mack

Western & Atlantic Railroad train engineer Johnnie Gray (Keaton) is in Marietta, Georgia to see one of the two loves of his life, his fiancée Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack)—the other being his locomotive, The General—when the American Civil War breaks out.
Mack is best known for co-starring with Buster Keaton in the 1926 silent comedy film, The General.

Glen Cavender

As planned, Union spies led by Captain Anderson (Glen Cavender) use the opportunity to steal the train.
During the 1920s, Cavender worked for the film studios Educational and Christie and appeared in Buster Keaton's film classic The General (1926) as the antagonistic Union Captain Anderson.

Clyde Bruckman

writer and director of silent comedies
The film stars Buster Keaton who co-directed it with Clyde Bruckman.
Bruckman (pronounced "Brook-man") may be best known for his collaborations with Buster Keaton, as Bruckman co-wrote several of Keaton's most popular films, including Our Hospitality, Sherlock Jr., The Navigator, Seven Chances, The Cameraman, and The General, which Bruckman also co-directed.

Frederick Vroom

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Frederick Vroom as a Confederate General
He played featured roles in Buster Keaton's films The Navigator (1924) and The General (1926).

List of films in the public domain in the United States

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In 1954 the film entered the public domain in the United States because its claimant did not renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.

James Farley (actor)

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Jim Farley as General Thatcher
The General (1926) – General Thatcher

Great Locomotive Chase

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It was inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase, a true story of an event that occurred during the American Civil War.
The pursuit of Andrews' Raiders was featured in the Buster Keaton silent film comedy The General (1926).

Frank Barnes (actor)

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Frank Barnes as Annabelle's Brother
He played the role of Annabelle's Brother in the 1926 silent comedy film, The General.

Oregon, Pacific and Eastern Railway

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He also discovered that the Oregon, Pacific and Eastern Railway owned two vintage trains from the Civil War era and purchased them for the production.
In 1925, Buster Keaton used the railway for his 1926 silent film classic The General.

American Civil War

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Western & Atlantic Railroad train engineer Johnnie Gray (Keaton) is in Marietta, Georgia to see one of the two loves of his life, his fiancée Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack)—the other being his locomotive, The General—when the American Civil War breaks out. It was inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase, a true story of an event that occurred during the American Civil War.
The General (1926, US)

Mike Donlin

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Mike Donlin as a Union General
He had more success on the baseball field than in the entertainment industry, although he did appear in a number of movies in small roles, including the silent classic The General (1926), and in Paramount's first sound feature Warming Up (1928).

Cottage Grove, Oregon

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The cast and crew arrived in Cottage Grove, Oregon, on May 27, 1926, with 18 freight cars full of Civil War-era cannons, rebuilt passenger cars, stagecoaches, houses, wagons and laborers.
In 1926, Buster Keaton's The General was filmed in Cottage Grove and the surrounding countryside.

The General (locomotive)

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Western & Atlantic Railroad train engineer Johnnie Gray (Keaton) is in Marietta, Georgia to see one of the two loves of his life, his fiancée Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack)—the other being his locomotive, The General—when the American Civil War breaks out.
The General, 1926 film by Buster Keaton

Handcar

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Johnnie gives chase, first on foot, then by handcar and boneshaker bicycle, before reaching a station in Chattanooga.
Buster Keaton uses a handcar during a chase scene in the film The General; he also uses a powered drasine in The Railrodder.

Oregon

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In April 1926, Keaton's location manager, Burt Jackson, found an area in central Oregon with old-fashioned railroads which was a perfect setting for the film.
Oregon has also historically been a popular region for film shoots due to its diverse landscapes, as well as its proximity to Hollywood (see List of films shot in Oregon). Movies filmed in Oregon include: Animal House, Free Willy, The General, The Goonies, Kindergarten Cop, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Stand By Me.

National Film Registry

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In 1989, The General was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Joe Keaton

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Joe Keaton as a Union General

AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs

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2000: AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs – #18

Roger Ebert

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In 2002 critic Roger Ebert listed it on his top 10 and also on his list of The Great Movies.
Listed alphabetically, those films were 2001: A Space Odyssey; Aguirre, the Wrath of God; Apocalypse Now; Citizen Kane; La Dolce Vita; The General; Raging Bull; Tokyo Story; The Tree of Life; and Vertigo.

AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition)

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2007: AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) – #18

Paul Gerard Smith

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Smith was brought to Hollywood by Buster Keaton to work on The General and Battling Butler.

Sight & Sound

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In the decennial Sight & Sound poll of the greatest films ever made, international critics ranked it #8 in 1972 and #10 in 1982.
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