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The 'High Sign' (1921)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 18 April 1921 (USA)
A drifter at an amusement park finds himself both the bodyguard and hit man of a man targeted by a criminal gang.

Directors:

Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)

Writers:

Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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Buster Keaton ... Our Hero (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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Storyline

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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Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El guardaespaldas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Leader of Buzzards: Do you know the nature of an oath?
Our Hero: Yes. I play golf.
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Alternate Versions

Film Preservation Associates copyrighted a version in 1995 containing a music score and sound effects, with a running time of 21 minutes. See more »

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The blooming of a comic genius
4 July 2015 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

The High Sign" was Buster Keaton's first two-reeler after he went solo after leaving his partnership with Roscoe Arbuckle in 1920, but it was not the first film he released. Here he plays a drifter who gets hired by a member of the gang "The Blinking Blizzards" to run a shooting gallery. In a turn of events that can happen only in a Keaton film, Buster winds up being hired to both kill the father of the girl he loves and also to protect him. The film ends with a funny chase sequence through a house that has a series of trick doors, false walls, and traps that could only be designed by the mind of Keaton. Keaton disliked "The High Sign" and delayed its release. Instead, his premiere release was "One Week". Both films show a genius in bloom.


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