The General (1926 film)
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 film stars Buster Keaton who co-directed it with Clyde Bruckman. In 1954 the film entered the public domain in the United States because its claimant did not renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.
About The General (1926 film) in brief
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 film stars Buster Keaton who co-directed it with Clyde Bruckman. In 1954 the film entered the public domain in the United States because its claimant did not renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication. In 1989, it was selected by the Library of Congress to be included in the first class of films for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” The film was not well received by critics and audiences, resulting in mediocre box office returns. It has since been reevaluated, and is now often ranked among the greatest American films ever made. The story was adapted from the 1889 memoir The Great Locootive Chase by William Pittenger. The movie was released toward the end of the silent era, and Keaton lost his independence as a filmmaker and was forced into a restrictive deal with MGM. It is now considered one of the best films of the 20th century, along with The Godfather and The Wizard of Oz. The General is released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Blu-Ray on November 14, 2015. It will be released on DVD on November 15, 2015, on the 40th anniversary of the release of the film, and on the 30th birthday of Keaton’s death, on November 30, 2015 on the 50th anniversary, on September 30, 2016. The original version of this article incorrectly stated that The General was released on November 10, 1915.
We are happy to clarify that the release date of The General on November 11, 1915, was actually November 13, 1916, and that it was not released on September 28, 1916. We apologise for any confusion this may have caused. We have been asked to make clear that this was the date of the original release of this film, as well as the subsequent release of The Second World War film, The Third World War (1939-1940). The film is also available on DVD in the U.S. and in the UK, but the UK release date has not yet been released. The U.K. release date for The General has yet to be released, and it is expected to be in the summer of 2015. The final version of the movie is scheduled for release on November 25, 2015 at the age of 75. The opening credits are: “The General, The General, and The General’s Adventures in the Civil War” (1926-1938) The story begins with train engineer Johnnie Gray trying to enlist in the Confederate Army. He is rejected because he is too valuable in his present job, but is not told that reason. A year passes and Annabelle receives word that her father has been wounded and travels north on the W&ARR to see him with The General pulling the train. Johnnie gives chase, first on foot, then by handcar and boneshaker bicycle, before reaching the station at Kingston. He alerts the army detachment there, which boards another train to give chase, with Johnnie manning the locomotive known as the Texas. As the duel continues northward, the Northern army advances in its wake.