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The High Sign

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Country  United States
7.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Short, Comedy
The High Sign movie poster
Language  Silent film English (original) intertitles
Director  Edward F. Cline Buster Keaton
Writer  Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Release date  April 12, 1921 (1921-04-12)
Directors  Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline
Screenplay  Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline
Producers  Buster Keaton, Joseph M. Schenck
Cast  Buster Keaton (Our Hero), Bartine Burkett (Miss Nickelnurser), Charles Dorety (Gang member), Joe Roberts (Leader of Buzzards), Al St. John (Man on beach during target practice)
Similar movies  Pacific Rim, Paperman, Feast, Trap Happy, The Vanishing Duck, Pluto's Christmas Tree

The High Sign is a 1921 American short comedy film starring comedian 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, when he broke his ankle and delayed the completion of The Electric House (1921), that the film was released. The title refers to the secret signal used by the underworld gang in the film.

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The High Sign movie scenes

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.

Plot

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.

Cast

  • Buster Keaton - Our Hero (as 'Buster' Keaton)
  • Bartine Burkett - Miss Nickelnurser (uncredited)
  • Charles Dorety - Villain (uncredited)
  • Al St. John - Man in during target practice (uncredited)
  • References

    The High Sign Wikipedia
    The High Sign IMDb The High Sign themoviedb.org


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