The General is a 1926 American silent comedy film released by United Artists. It was inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase, a true story of an event that occurred during the American Civil War. The story was adapted from the 1889 memoir The Great Locomotive Chase by William Pittenger. The film stars Buster Keaton who co-directed it with Clyde Bruckman.
Western & Atlantic Railroad train engineer Johnnie Gray is in Marietta, Georgia to see one of the two loves of his life, his fiancée Annabelle Lee — the other being his locomotive, The General—when the American Civil War breaks out. He hurries to be first in line to enlist in the Confederate Army, but is rejected because he is too valuable in his present job, but is not told that reason. On leaving, he runs into Annabelle's father and brother, who beckon to him to join them in line, but he walks away, giving them the impression that he does not want to enlist. Annabelle informs Johnnie that she will not speak to him again until he is in uniform.
|author||Al Boasberg Buster Keaton Charles Henry Smith Clyde Bruckman Paul Girard Smith William Pittenger|
|award||National Film Registry|
|director||Buster Keaton Clyde Bruckman|
|editor||Buster Keaton Sherman Kell|
|keywords||american civil war army of tennessee boneshaker boneshaker bicycle burn capture civil war confederate army confederate states army handcar knock out man pass railroad ties railway station reject river rock supply train surround texas the general train engineer union union army union soldier walk western & atlantic railroad wound|
|producer||Buster Keaton Joseph Schenck|
|productionCompany||Buster Keaton Productions Joseph M. Schenck Productions|
|recordedAt||Cottage Grove Santa Monica|
|theme||action comedy chase silent war|