The General

The General

  • Director: Buster Keaton
  • Writer: Buster Keaton,Clyde Bruckman,Al Boasberg
  • Countries of origin: United States
  • Language: English
  • Release date: January 2, 1927
  • Sound mix: Silent
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33 : 1
  • Also known as: The Engine Driver
  • "The General" is an adventure comedy film co-directed by The Great Stone Face and Clyde Bruckman , starring The Great Stone Face and Marion Mark . It was released in the United States on February 5, 1927.
    The film tells the story of the train driver Johnny starting a fierce chase with the enemy after the "The General" train and his girlfriend Annabella were taken abducted by the Northern Army   .


    • Release date January 2, 1927
    • Filming locations Cottage Grove, Oregon, USA
    • Production companies Buster Keaton Productions, Joseph M. Schenck Productions

    Box office


    $750,000 (estimated)

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    • By Thomas 2022-03-25 09:01:08

      Movie Notes 011: The General

      The male protagonist, as a train driver, was inspired by his lover to enlist in the army, but was rejected because of his career. His girlfriend's father and brother misunderstood him and left him alone. The Northern Army spy carjacked the car and had a girlfriend. He chased after him and chased him all the way to the south to rescue his girlfriend and rushed back to report the news. All the way to safety, obstructing the enemy, reporting news, helping to repel the enemy,...

    • By Leo 2022-03-25 09:01:08


      [BBC selected the top ten comedies in film history] No.10 Movies nearly a hundred years ago. This is my first time watching a silent film from start to finish. The advantage of watching a silent film is that you don’t have to stare at the subtitles to read the lines, and you can focus on the performance of the actors wholeheartedly. But in fact, the actors did not show very exaggerated body movements. The two most impressive episodes, Ge Lei signed up for the army and the housekeeper split...

    • By Lyla 2022-03-25 09:01:08


      A classic silent film by comedian Buster. The movie "The General" tells the story of a southern train driver who went deep into the enemy camp alone in order to rescue his lover and became an excellent soldier. From the perspective of story development, Buster's stories are relatively simple, and the elements are basically the same as in "Sherlock Holmes II". The male protagonist who is misunderstood in love is also a small person who wants to achieve his goals on his own. He is obstructed...

    • By Creola 2022-03-25 09:01:08

      Master, I am late!

      Forgive me because I know the master only because of Jackie Chan, and I only recently read the master's works seriously.

      Then there is a small burnt hole on the clever tablecloth so that the male protagonist can see the female protagonist.

      Pushing boxes all the way is fun.

      He dreamed of becoming a soldier, but was refused to join. After chasing trains, saving people, and reporting news, he was finally accepted to become a soldier.

      "Professional" fits...

    • By Edna 2022-03-25 09:01:08


      If there is a detailed analysis and discussion of comedy, this attempt must be somewhat out of tune with the atmosphere created by the film. But classic movies are always not afraid of interpretation, and the more they are interpreted, the more attractive they are.

      Movies and novels are not the same thing. If the story is not fully presented to the audience within the limited time, according to the traditional point of view, there is a great risk of not being understood. The integrity...

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    • By Sandrine 2022-04-24 07:01:06

      A movie from 90 years ago is now fortunate to see. Over the past century, the movie has been so simple, concise and hilarious at first. A generation of comedy master Keaton left us an indelible work, a film genius on a par with Chaplin. The full narrative and wonderful interpretation of "The General" brings the power of silent films to the extreme. Watched from beginning to end without blinking, I couldn't bear to miss a single detail. The chasing and escaping of the train is fast-paced, and...

    • By Demond 2022-04-24 07:01:06

      Although Keaton shares the same focus on action as Chaplin, Keaton clearly uses a lot of composition, mobilizing the presence of the camera and making it more cinematic. But what really made Keaton like a real filmmaker was the money he spent. That train that fell from the bridge, which was really scrapped, heralded the loneliness of Keaton's film career, but it also heralded the future direction of cinema as an expensive...

    • By Calista 2022-04-24 07:01:06


    • By Izaiah 2022-04-24 07:01:06

      It's so cute, it's so coherent that it tests the audience's memory... I found that not only the movies today, but all the cartoons I liked when I was a kid, are half from Keaton (the other half from...

    • By Gilberto 2022-04-24 07:01:06

      "The Grudge" Buster Keaton's classic silent film. Buster Keaton's acting style is slightly different from Chaplin's, not as exaggerated as Chaplin's. The whole story takes place on railroad tracks and trains, which is relatively rare in the silent film...

    Movie plot

    After the outbreak of the American Civil War, Johnny Gray ( The Great Stone Face ) wanted to join the Southern Army, but was rejected by the military on the grounds that he was more suitable to be a train driver. His girlfriend Annabella Lee (Marion Mark Acting) and his family also called him a coward. The Northern Allied Forces planned a conspiracy in which they took "The General" and Johnny's sweetheart away. Johnny Gray, the driver...
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    "The General" has a grand scene and a sophisticated and reasonable layout. The film combines love, war, adventure, and comedy together. The most important thing is that it satirizes people's narrow view of heroes. It is a very influential film. One. The film was shot in 1927, but the wonderful design of the scene surpassed the limit of time, and the complicated juggling scenes are amazing. Although there is not much atmosphere...
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    Movie quotes

    • [first lines]

      Her Brother: Fort Sumter has been fired upon.

      Her Father: Then the war is here.

      Her Brother: Yes, Dad, and I'm going to be one of the first to enlist.

    • Annabelle Lee: Did Johnnie enlist?

      Her Brother: He didn't even get in line.

      Her Father: He's a disgrace to the South.

    • Title: After a nice, quiet, refreshing night's rest.

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