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The General ()


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When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines.

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Johnnie Gray
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Annabelle Lee
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Captain Anderson
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General Thatcher
Frederick Vroom ...
A Southern General
Charles Henry Smith ...
Annabelle's Father (as Charles Smith)
Frank Barnes ...
Annabelle's Brother
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Union General
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Union General
Tom Nawn ...
Union General
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Baird ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Joe Bricher ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Jimmy Bryant ...
Raider (uncredited)
Sergeant Bukowski ...
Officer (uncredited)
C.C. Cruson ...
Officer (uncredited)
Jack Dempster ...
Raider (uncredited)
Keith Fennell ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Budd Fine ...
Raider (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ...
Union Railroad Fireman (uncredited)
Ronald Gilstrap ...
Union Soldier (uncredited)
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Confederate Recruiter (uncredited)
Ray Hanford ...
Raider (uncredited)
Jack Hanlon ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Al Hanson ...
Raider (uncredited)
Anthony Harvey ...
Raider (uncredited)
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Union Officer (uncredited)
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Union General (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Hilliard Karr ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Elgin Lessley ...
Union General Who Gives Command to Cross Bridge (uncredited)
Louis Lewyn ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Jackie Lowe ...
Boy Who Follows Johnny (uncredited)
Billy Lynn ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Ross McCutcheon ...
Raider (uncredited)
Tom Moran ...
Raider (uncredited)
Charles Phillips ...
Raider (uncredited)
Red Rial ...
Raider (uncredited)
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Officer on Horseback (uncredited)
Harold Terry ...
Union Soldier (uncredited)
Ray Thomas ...
Raider (uncredited)
Red Thompson ...
Raider (uncredited)
James Walsh ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Kenneth Hawley Ward ...
Soldier (uncredited)
John Wilson ...
Union Soldier (uncredited)
Jean Woodward ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Directed by

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Clyde Bruckman
Buster Keaton

Written by

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Buster Keaton ... (written by) and
Clyde Bruckman ... (written by)
 
Al Boasberg ... (adapted by) and
Charles Henry Smith ... (adapted by) (as Charles Smith)
 
William Pittenger ... (book "Daring and Suffering: a History of the Great Railroad Adventure") (uncredited)
 
William Pittenger ... (memoir "The Great Locomotive Chase") (uncredited)
 
Paul Girard Smith ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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David Shepard ... video producer
Buster Keaton ... producer (uncredited)
Joseph M. Schenck ... executive producer (uncredited) / producer (uncredited)

Music by

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The Alloy Orchestra
Carl Davis ... (1987)
Robert Israel ... (1995 New Score)
Joe Hisaishi ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Bert Haines ... (photographed by)
Devereaux Jennings ... (photographed by) (as Dev Jennings)

Film Editing by

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Buster Keaton ... (uncredited)
Sherman Kell ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

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Harry Barnes ... assistant editor (uncredited)
D.C. Cardinali ... colorist: remastered hd version: new version (uncredited)
Sherman Kell ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Fred Gabourie ... (uncredited)

Set Decoration by

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Harry Roselotte ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Bennie Hubbel ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
J.K. Pitcarin ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Fred Carlton Ryle ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Lou Anger ... production supervisor (uncredited)
Fred Gabourie ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Harry Barnes ... first assistant director (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... second unit director (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... assistant director: Oregon (uncredited)

Art Department

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Frank Barnes ... construction foreman (uncredited)
Jack Coyle ... carpenter (uncredited)
William Ernshaw ... bridge timber crew (uncredited)
Al Gilmour ... production buyer (uncredited)
Mike Graves ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Bert Jackson ... property master (uncredited)
H.L. Jennings ... bridge and dam construction (uncredited)
George E. Potter ... bridge timber contractor (uncredited)
Billy Wood ... chief draughtsman (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Jack Little ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Buster Keaton ... stunts (uncredited)
Earl Mohan ... stunt double: Tom Moran (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Denver Harmon ... lighting effects
Frank Barnes ... grip (uncredited)
Dal Clawson ... still photographer (uncredited)
Elmer Ellsworth ... camera operator (uncredited)
Denver Harmon ... chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Byron Houck ... camera operator (uncredited) / still photographer (uncredited)
Ed Levy ... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
William Piltz ... still photographer (uncredited)
Melbourne Spurr ... publicity photographer (uncredited)
Harry J. Wild ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Bennie Hubbel ... assistant wardrobe (uncredited)
J.K. Pitcarin ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Fred Carlton Ryle ... assistant wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

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Bert Jackson ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Robert Israel ... music arranger: 1995 alternate version / music director: 1995 alternate version
Hiroyuki Akita ... music engineer: Joe Hisaishi score (uncredited)
James C. Bradford ... music compiler (uncredited)
Suminobu Hamada ... Joe Hisaishi Score (uncredited) / music engineer (uncredited) / music mixer (uncredited)
Joe Hisaishi ... Joe Hisaishi Score (uncredited) / conductor (uncredited) / music arranger (uncredited) / music producer (uncredited) / musician (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Scott Joplin ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Ikuko Okamoto ... Joe Hisaishi Score (uncredited) / music production manager (uncredited)
William P. Perry ... composer: new piano score (uncredited)
Nic Raine ... orchestrator: Carl Davis score (uncredited)

Other crew

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Fred Gabourie ... technical director
Joseph M. Schenck ... presents
Lou Anger ... production accountant: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Dr. Axley ... first aid (uncredited)
Harry Brand ... production coordinator (uncredited) / unit publicist (uncredited)
Betty Cavender ... production secretary (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... technical advisor (uncredited)
John W. Considine Jr. ... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Jack Dempster ... engineer (uncredited)
Christine Francis ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Dr. Frost ... first aid (uncredited)
Wesley G. Gilmour ... production accountant: Oregon (uncredited)
L.L. Graham ... production assistant: Oregon (uncredited)
Bob Holmes ... production assistant: Oregon (uncredited)
Ralph Land ... chef (uncredited)
Fred A. Lowry ... brakeman (uncredited)
George E. Potter ... caterer (uncredited)
Viola Riddle ... cook: Mr. Keaton (uncredited)
Willie Riddle ... assistant: Mr. Keaton (uncredited)
Dee Wright ... wrangler (uncredited)
Fred Wright ... chief mechanic (uncredited) / fire fighter (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Johnnie loves his train ("The General") and Annabelle Lee. When the Civil War begins he is turned down for service because he's more valuable as an engineer. Annabelle thinks it's because he's a coward. Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board. Johnnie must rescue both his loves. Written by Ed Stephan

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Taglines Buster drives "The General" to trainload of laughter. (Trade paper ad). See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Engine Driver (United States)
  • Le mécano de la Générale (France)
  • Le mécano de la 'Général' (France)
  • Der General (Germany)
  • El maquinista de La General (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 67 min
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Budget $750,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The first try at getting the cannonball to shoot out of the cannon into the cab caused the ball to shoot with too much force. To cause it to shoot into the cab of the engine correctly, Buster Keaton had to count out the grains of gunpowder with tweezers. See more »
Goofs The pistol Johnnie uses near the end of the film to arrest the Yankee officer in the cab of the General is a Colt revolver from the 1870s. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Golden Age of Buster Keaton (1975). See more »
Soundtracks Wiener Blut (op. 354) See more »
Quotes Johnnie Gray: [to the recruiter who rejects him] If you lose this war don't blame me.
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