The General

Continuity mistake: When Annabelle is helping Johnny fill the locomotive water tank, the water spout comes loose and Annabelle gets soaked. A few seconds later, her hair and clothes are completely dry again. (Later, in her memoirs, Marion Mack said she was not told this would happen and it was a complete surprise to her!). (00:51:00)


Factual error: The Texas engine's cab is noticeably rounded and appears riveted in close-up shots, indicating a steel cab of an 1890's vintage engine, rather than a wooden cab found on engines before and during the war.


Factual error: The General in the film has marked differences from the real engine as it appeared during the Civil War. The engine had three domes rather than two, and had ankle bars extending the full length of each side. The General in the film more closely resembles the prototype's post-1893 appearance.

More mistakes in The General

Title: After a nice, quiet, refreshing night's rest.

Annabelle Lee: Why didn't you enlist?
Johnnie Gray: They wouldn't take me.
Annabelle Lee: Please don't lie - I don't want you to speak to me again until you are in uniform.

Annabelle Lee: Did Johnnie enlist?
Annabelle's brother: He didn't even get in line.
Mr. Lee: He's a disgrace to the South.

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