The General

Lists: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Action Comedy, Romantic Comedy, War, AFI 100 (2007), Sight And Sound Critics Top 250

Brief Synopsis: "The General is a 1927 American silent film comedy from Buster Keaton. The film flopped when first released but is now regarded as the height of silent film comedy. The film is based on events from America’s civil war."

Overall Ranking: 36 (Rank from 1927: # 2)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 100%
Regular 0%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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People Involved

  • Buster Keaton (Johnny Gray)
  • Marion Mack (Annabelle Lee)
  • Glen Cavender (Captain Anderson)
  • Jim Farley (General Thatcher)
  • Frederick Vroom (A Southern General)
  • Charles Henry Smith (Annabelles Father (as Charles Smith))
  • Frank Barnes (Annabelles Brother)
  • Joe Keaton (Union General)
  • Mike Donlin (Union General)
  • Tom Nawn (Union General)
  • Clyde Bruckman (Director)