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The High Sign Details

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The first film that [[Performer~P96995~Buster Keaton~busterkeaton]] made independently, High Sign portrays the filmmaker as a drifter in search of a job. Passing himself off as a skilled marksman, he finds employment at a shooting gallery in an amusement park. But he gets more than he bargained for -- a girl ([[Performer~P295730~Bartine Burkett~bartineburkett]]) talks him into being a bodyguard for her father, who has run afoul of a gang. Meanwhile, the gang, called the Blinking Buzzards, forcibly recruits him to snuff out...yes, the girl's father. Keaton hated this two-reeler when it was done and shelved it. It was released only because he was laid up with a broken leg seven months later and production had halted. While not as good as the next film Keaton made (the top notch [[Feature~V138771~One Week~oneweek]]), it still has many classic sequences, including a chase through a series of trapdoors at the gang's hideout and Keaton pouring through the want ads in an endlessly unfolding newspaper. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

  • Release date:April 18, 1921

Crew

Buster Keaton
Director
Edward F. Cline
Director
Joseph M. Schenck
Producer
Edward F. Cline
Screenwriter
Buster Keaton
Screenwriter
Elgin Lessley
Cinematographer
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