The High Sign
The High Sign is a 1921 two-reel silent comedy film starring Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline. The runtime is 21 minutes. Although One Week (1920) was the first of Keaton's independent shorts to be released, The High Sign was the first one to be produced. Disappointed with the result, Keaton shelved the film. It was not until a year later that the film was released. The title refers to the secret signal used by the underworld gang in the film.
|The High Sign|
Buster gives the titular "high sign"
|Directed by||Edward F. Cline|
|Produced by||Joseph M. Schenck|
|Written by||Edward F. Cline|
Al St. John
|Edited by||Buster Keaton|
|Distributed by||Metro Pictures|
English (original) intertitles
Guitarist Bill Frisell released a soundtrack to the movie in 1995 on his album The High Sign/One Week. The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra premiered its new score for the movie in 2008.
Buster plays a drifter who cons his way into working at an amusement park shooting gallery. Believing Buster is an expert marksman, both the murderous gang the Blinking Buzzards and the man they want to kill end up hiring him. The film ends with a wild chase through a house filled with secret passages.
- Buster Keaton - Our Hero (as 'Buster' Keaton)
- Bartine Burkett - Miss Nickelnurser (uncredited)
- Ingram B. Pickett - Tiny Tim (tall villain) (uncredited)
- Charles Dorety - Gang Member (uncredited)
- Al St. John - Man in target practice (uncredited)
- Foote, Lisle. "The High Sign." Damfinos. 7 December 2017.
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- Senses of Cinema article on The High Sign
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- The 'High Sign' on YouTube
- The High Sign at the International Buster Keaton Society
- The High Sign at AllMovie
- The High Sign is available for free download at the Internet Archive