The 'High Sign' (1921) - Rotten Tomatoes

The 'High Sign' (1921)

The 'High Sign'





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Buster Keaton stars in this slapstick comedy as a bodyguard to a wealthy victim of extortion. The villains demand $10,000 or August Nickelnurser will be killed. Keaton protects August from a dozen shady operatives in a house with trap doors and secret panels. Buster eludes the thugs in this fast paced film that also stars former Keystone Kop alumnae Al St. John. St. John appeared in numerous films with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Eddie Cline, Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline
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It's a trip watching Buster try to protect his client from all The Blinking Buzzards trying to kill him.

Full Review… | October 25, 2011
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Keaton in an amusement park, makes for an amusing movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Earlier sections are a little slow, but the climax in the house with the secret trap doors is sheer genius.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer


The "High Sign" was Buster Keaton's first two-reel independent film but was shelved for a year when he broke his ankle and had to release it to meet his contract, which is a lucky break for us Buster fans! The film demonstrates once again Keaton's acrobats and fitness as well as his mastery of the genre. It's nice knowing that even back in 1920/21 the legend already had a keen grasp on what he wanted to become. While brief at only 19 minutes, it's most certainly a fun and entertaining comedy that is loads of fun to watch. Getting into Buster Keaton by way of the Kino Short Films Collection is a fast and still enjoyable way to do so as all 19 films range between 17-23 minutes and contain Keaton's magic and some wonderful set pieces.

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

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