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The 'High Sign' (1921)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  18 April 1921 (USA)
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A drifter at an amusement park finds himself both the bodyguard and hit man of a man targeted by a criminal gang.

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Buster is thrown off a train near an amusement park. There he gets a job in a shooting gallery run by the Blinking Buzzards mob. Ordered to kill a businessman, he winds up protecting the man and his daughter by outfitting their home with trick devices. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Buster Keaton's first independent two-reeler. He didn't consider it to funny enough and had it shelved upon its completion in 1920. It was released the following year when his film output was slowed by a broken leg. See more »

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Narration Card: The brutal bungalow of the Blinking Buzzards, a bold bad bunch of blood-thirsty bandits who would break into a bank, blow a battleship to bits or beat up a blue eyed baby blonde.
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Featured in Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987) See more »

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Keaton Komedy Klassic
20 October 2014 | by (Northern Ireland) – See all my reviews

This has to be my favourite Buster Keaton short, and it just so happens to be the first independent film Keaton produced, giving birth to his iconic unnamed character. However Keaton himself was disappointed with the film and didn't release it until the following year, instead making "One Week" his first solo short.

Of course I question why though, as I feel the premise of The 'High Sign' is one of Keaton's most inspired and possibly even worthy of being used as a set up for a feature. It's true what they say, the artist is often wrong about their own work.

The 'High Sign' packs in so much humour into it's 20 minutes, and even features earliest example I've seen in film of a recurring gag.

The short's finale is a real "How did they do that?" sequence, and I don't want to spoil it or any of the gags in the film, but this short has it all. You'll laugh, be in awe, and even shocked.

I'll say it now and I'll say it again, the genius of Buster Keaton will never cease to amaze me.


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