English (original) intertitles DirectorEdward F. Cline
Buster Keaton WriterEdward F. Cline, Buster Keaton Release dateApril 12, 1921 (1921-04-12) DirectorsBuster Keaton, Edward F. Cline ScreenplayBuster Keaton, Edward F. Cline ProducersBuster Keaton, Joseph M. Schenck CastBuster 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 moviesPacific 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.
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)
Charles Dorety - Villain (uncredited)
Al St. John - Man in during target practice (uncredited)