• TheMovieVampire

    ★★★★ Watched by TheMovieVampire 21 Jun, 2014

    The first solo film that Buster Keaton directed and starred in was The High Sign, which was about a man who rigs a shooting gallery’s bell so that he appears to be an expert shot. He’s so convincing that a man hires him as a bodyguard and soon thereafter a gang of crooks called The Blinking Buzzard also insist that he work for them as a hit man to kill that man he’s supposed to be protecting. Keaton himself was…


  • Tom Morton

    ★★★★½ Watched by Tom Morton 02 May, 2014

    Probably the best Buster Keaton short I've seen so far, with the writing matching up to the stunts - I got nearly as many laughs from the intertitles as from the action for once! There's some great wordplay and one of the most impressive uses of alliteration I've ever seen.

    The physical humour is top level too though, with Buster hired to protect and kill the same man, due to his (faked) prowess on the shooting range. Luckily for all…


  • David Pearce

    ★★★ Watched by David Pearce 06 Apr, 2014

    "The brutal bungalow of the Blinking Buzzards, a bold bad bunch of blood-thirsty bandits who would break into a bank, blow a battleship to bits or beat up a blue eyed baby blonde."

    This is undoubtedly one of Keaton's best shorts, but I can't say I'm in love with it. The story is well told and the final chase sequence was impressive, but I can't say I found it as funny as his other films. Keaton usually brings this kind…


  • Dave Jackson

    ★★★½ Watched by Dave Jackson 23 Feb, 2014

    Buster Keaton thought this unworthy to be his first independent two-reeler. I don't agree.


  • Tyler

    ★★★½ Watched by Tyler 01 Mar, 2014

    Holy guacamole at those final few minutes! Was not prepared for that at all. The deception with the shooting range, the Buzzards high sign, and Buster throwing the hat on the rack...all so good. Really pleasantly surprised by this.


  • Owen Erasmus

    ★★★★ Watched by Owen Erasmus 26 Feb, 2014

    Definitely one of the better shorts, its a lot more plot heavy than most but also includes a huge amount of mechanical invention to build to a classic slapstick conclusion.

    Buster tricks his way into a job at a shooting range which leads to jobs as both the bodyguard and the allocated killer of the town miser. Reading that my earlier claim that this one is more plot lead seems funny but it does actually contain some characterisation and a…


  • Adam Redman

    ★★★★★ Watched by Adam Redman 10 Feb, 2014

    So energetic Buster nearly breaks the frame, and the casual toss of the hat over the shoulder onto the stand in the middle of a take is one of my favourite sights in the movies. He really was that good.


  • Sam M

    ★★★★ Watched by Sam M 17 Jan, 2014

    While it is heavier on plot than some of his other films, Buster squeezes in some laughs here. I was admittedly disappointed with the lack of visual comedy, but the last few minutes more than made up for the scarcity of comedy throughout.


  • roujin

    ★★★ Watched by roujin 07 Nov, 2011

    Lots of really good elements and bits. Keaton becomes a member of random band of thugs and is tasked to kill some random dude. He also then unwittingly becomes that same dude's bodyguard. The best early bit is the contraption that Keaton builds to prove that he's a good shot. That's fine. But the real meat of the film and what makes it hilarious is the dollhouse finish, which is all of The Ladies Man and Tout va Bien right…


  • Michael Strenski

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Michael Strenski 21 Jun, 2013 2

    What gets me is that Keaton shelved this film for not being good enough. If I was a comedian or a filmmaker today, I'd sell my soul to make something half as great as The High Sign.

    Most silent shorts are long on gags and short on plot -- character works in pawnshop, character climbs building, etc. --but here Keaton packs in an awful lot of locations and characters, and a not insignificant amount of story into nineteen minutes.



  • Brandon

    ★★★½ Watched by Brandon 11 Jun, 2013

    Being one of Keaton's earliest starring shorts, it's not surprising that most of The High Sign is sub-par, but the nearly five minute chase throughout the house is comedic perfection.


  • Hannah

    ★★★★ Watched by Hannah 26 May, 2013 1

    I laughed a lot