Talk:The General (1926 film)

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Older comments[edit]

As I recall Cut to the Chase, it was the most expensive film of its day, partly because of many forest fires touched off by the locomotives. (Why, I dunno; they were all steam then. Were woodburners worse? Had the stacks been modded for authenticity?) My stab at correcting for inflation put it on par with Titanic.

It was also filmed in Cottage Grove, Oregon, where Stand by Me was shot; I suppose the same railway appears. Dunno if any common background features can be spotted. 04:40, 17 Jul 2004 (UTC)

It is the same rwy; the OP&E. Also hosted Emperor of the North Pole.[1] 05:06, 17 Jul 2004 (UTC)

Page move[edit]

This page was moved from "The General (1927 movie)" to "The General (1927 film)" as per the naming convention set out at Wikipedia:Naming conventions (films)Ianblair23 15:58, 1 October 2005 (UTC)

Keaton's Character's Name[edit]

On the Kino DVD, Keaton identifies himself as Johnnie Gray the first time he tries to enlist, before he thinks of using subterfuge. The credits also identify him as Gray. It is kind of a cute name for a Confederate, but it's the only name we've got, and I'm editing the article to reflect this. -- 08:04, 2 October 2006 (UTC)

Length Of Movie[edit]

For several reasons--different versions, different adaptations to sound and video, different title cards--there are several different timings available for the movie. Nevertheless, most are between 70 and 85 minutes. Since the number that was previously up was a half an hour longer than many other timings, I changed it to the IMDb's number for one particular USA version.

Rewrote Plot[edit]

Hi guys. Thought the Plot section was a touch long and some parts were.. well.. incorrect. So I rewrote most of it. Hope it meets with your approval Captain deathbeard (talk) 14:46, 15 January 2010 (UTC)


should there not be a section mentioning the different scores available for the film? There are many that have been done post release. -NeF (talk) 12:28, 3 July 2010 (UTC)

Release year[edit]

Discussion here about the film having a possible release in late 1926 in Japan. Any help to confirm this would be gratefully welcomed. Lugnuts (talk) 09:02, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

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Peer Review[edit]

The General (1926 film)[edit]

I've listed this article for peer review because I just did a lot of work on it and although I do not think it has enough content to be a B article I would like to see it in great shape and simply needing more content added to it.

Thanks, Deoliveirafan (talk) 03:36, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

Sorry for the late response. All the issues with the articles seem to be tagged but I would like to point others:
  • Remove citations from the lead WP:Lead
  • I would merge the two versions section due to small they are.
  • "In 1989, The General was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". It made it into the registry in the first year it was enacted, along with such films as The Best Years of Our Lives, Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Gone with the Wind, Singin' in the Rain, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Sunset Blvd, and The Wizard of Oz." That is also unsourced.
  • Try formatting the two sources
Other than that, I can see this article becoming a GA if its issues are solved. Also, I made a peer review request here. I would appreciate any sort of feedback. Regards.Tintor2 (talk) 20:13, 5 November 2016 (UTC)

Comments from Dig deeper[edit]

@Tintor2: Overall a good article.

ID'ed 2 dead links.

Per Wikipedia:Manual of Style (numbers), there should be a non-breaking space - &nbsp; between a number and the unit of measurement. For example, instead of 35mm, use 35 mm, which when you are editing the page, should look like: 35 mm

To say it is one of the best movies of all time... a little misleading. I rephrased it slightly.

The lead should have more plot info. Just a couple of sentences, see the featured article The Cat and the Canary (1927 film) as a good example.

In the plot, it would good to give the reader a sense of the comedic part of the movie. Perhaps mention how his clumsy actions consistently serendipitously turn out to have positive results.

The references are good, but I think the bot has concerns about the variety. The article weighs heavily on 2 sources, try to balance this out.

A good candidate for a GA. A pleasure to review. Dig Deeper (talk) 23:24, 12 December 2016 (UTC)

Source of funding[edit]

"Because of its then-huge budget ($750,000 supplied by Metro chief Joseph Schenck)..."

I haven't read up exhaustively about this, but as yet I've found no connection between Joseph M. Schenck and Metro Pictures - which had in any case been merged into Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer by the time The General was produced. Perhaps an expert on U.S. silent films might be so kind to comment. Harfarhs (talk) 19:20, 13 February 2017 (UTC)