Following are the sources for the industriously researched information and critiquing posted here. Please, no hate E-mails about the Dardis and Meade books; I am well aware that they are the most maligned of the Keaton biographies, but they did yield some interesting peripheral information about The General, so sue me. -- Steve Bailey, Webmaster


Keaton, by Rudi Blesh. Collier Books, 1966.

The American Cinema: Directors and Directions, 1929-1968, by Andrew Sarris. Da Capo Press, 1968.

The Silent Clowns, by Walter Kerr. Alfred A. Knopf, 1975.

Keaton: The Man Who Wouldn't Lie Down, by Tom Dardis. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1979.

The Comic Mind, by Gerald Mast. University of Chicago Press, 1979. (Only a portion of this book is available for free on-line reading. Happily, that portion includes Mast's insightful section on Keaton and is well worth seeking out. Click on the book's title to go to this on-line link.)

Buster Keaton: Cut to the Chase, by Marion Meade. Harper Collins, 1995.

Buster Keaton Remembered, by Eleanor Keaton and Jeffrey Vance. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2001.

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, by David Thomson. Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.

The Rough Guide to Comedy Movies, by Bob McCabe. Rough Guides Ltd., 2005.


Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow, produced and written by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill. VHS: Warner Home Video, 1989.

Internet Movie Database
Cottage Grove Historical Society
Classic Images: Saluting The General in Cottage Grove, by Lon Davis
The General, by Ranjit Sandhu
Believing in Make-Believe: An Interview with Mel Brooks, by Dan Lybarger
Rotten Tomatoes: Five Favorite Films with Peter Jackson
A Movie a Day, Day 41: The General, by Elise Nakhnikian


Daring and Suffering: A History of the Great Railroad Adventure, by William Pittenger The original book can now be freely downloaded as part of the Gutenberg Project.
William K. Everson on Clyde Bruckman A rare and fascinating oddity: Program notes by film historian Everson, for a film tribute to Bruckman that was held shortly after his death in 1955. The notes includes critiques of several movies in which Bruckman had a hand, including, of course, The General.
What a Difference a Piano Makes Despite its non sequitor title, this is a charming and thoughtful blog entry about The General.
Buster Keatonís Classic 30 This websiteís ďparentĒ site, with reviews of Busterís great independent silent films.

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