“The General” is a silent comedy film released in 1926 and directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman. The film tells the story of a train engineer named Johnnie Gray, who sets out to recover his beloved locomotive, “The General,” after it is stolen by Union spies during the Civil War.
The film is known for its intricate and dangerous stunts, as well as its innovative use of trains and locomotives. It received mixed reviews upon its initial release but has since been recognized as one of the greatest silent comedies ever made.
“The General” is also notable for its historical context, as it is set during the Civil War and portrays both Union and Confederate soldiers in a sympathetic light. The film has been praised for its humanizing portrayal of soldiers on both sides of the conflict.
Overall, “The General” remains a beloved classic of the silent film era and a testament to the comedic genius of Buster Keaton.
Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman, Al Boasberg
Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender