Friday, April 23, 2021

Buster Keaton in The High Sign -- April 23, 2021


Motion Picture News, 16-April-1921

I remember when "The High Sign" was thought to be a lost film. I am glad they found it.

A high sign is a subtle hand signal, as we see in this example with Paul Newman in The Sting, used by members of a group to communicate secretly with each other. As you see in the example from "The High Sign," the high sign used by the Blinking Buzzards, a Black Hand-style gang of criminals, is a little less subtle. 

Learn more about Buster Keaton's silent shorts in my blogathon post:

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