Yorkshire Silents: THE GENERAL – Fri 7 June – Hull Truck Theatre


Friday 6 June, 8:00pm, Hull Truck Theatre

Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman | 1926 | USA | Cert U | 79 mins | Silent: English title cards


Tickets can be purchased in advance exclusively via HULL  TRUCK BOX OFFICE

Programme details

Hull Truck Theatre is open all day, so why not come along early to grab a drink and a snack? Doors to the screening room usually open around twenty minutes before the performance starts.

8:00pm: Programme starts

9:30pm: Programme ends

The programme runtime includes an allowance for introductions and trailers. This may vary and in some cases, the film will begin immediately after a short introduction.


Many critics consider THE GENERAL to be the last great comedy of the silent era, and it consistently ranks as one of the greatest comedies of all time on international critics’ polls.

Set during the Civil War and based on a true incident, the film is an authentic looking period piece. The title refers not to Buster Keaton’s character, but to his engine, ‘The General’ which figures prominently in one of the most harrowing and hilarious chase scenes ever filmed.

Live improvised score by Jonny Best on piano with Trevor Bartlett on percussion.

Buster Keaton portrays the engineer Johnnie Gray, who is rejected by the Confederate Army and then suffers the further humiliation of his girlfriend thinking him a coward. When a small band of Union soldiers penetrate far beyond Confederate lines to steal his locomotive, Johnnie sets off in hot pursuit. Seven of the film’s eight reels are devoted to the chase, with its orchestration of thrills and comedy. Keaton shot the film on the narrow railways of Oregon and used less than 50 titles to explain the whole story.

Digital restoration in 4K made by la Modern Videofilm under the supervision of Cohen Film Collection.

PLEASE NOTE: This film will play without any adverts or trailers, preceded by a short introduction from Yorkshire Silents.

Starring Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavander

Awards and Reviews

National Film Registry, 1988

“Spectacular chases, fires and explosions are captured with fluid camerawork. There are no stunt doubles for Keaton and of course no digital effects.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“[Keaton’s films] have such a graceful perfection, such a meshing of story, character and episode, that they unfold like music.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


THE GENERAL is rated U. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).

Leave a Comment