Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The General (The Ultimate Two-Disc Edition)
#18 on the 2007 AFI 100 Best Movie List
The General is a 1926 American silent comedy film released by United Artists inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase, which happened in 1862. Buster Keaton starred in the film and co-directed it with Clyde Bruckman. It was adapted by Al Boasberg, Bruckman, Keaton, Charles Henry Smith (uncredited) and Paul Girard Smith (uncredited) from the memoir The Great Locomotive Chase by William Pittenger.
The film, an adventure-epic classic made toward the end of the silent era, received both poor reviews by critics (it was considered tedious and disappointing) and weak box-office results (about a half million dollars domestically, and approximately one million worldwide) at its original release, but is now considered by critics as one of the greatest films ever made. However, because of its huge budget ($750,000 supplied by Metro chief Joseph Schenck) and poor box office, Keaton lost his independence as a film-maker and was forced into a restrictive deal with MGM. In 1955, the film entered the public domain (in the USA) due to the claimants failure to renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.
* Buster Keaton — Johnnie Gray
* Marion Mack— Annabelle Lee
* Glen Cavender — Captain Anderson
* Jim Farley — General Thatcher
* Frederick Vroom — A Confederate General
* Charles Henry Smith — Annabelle's Father (as Charles Smith)
* Frank Barnes — Annabelle's Brother
* Joe Keaton — Union General
* Mike Donlin — Union General
* Tom Nawn — Union General