The High Sign begins in motion; in a close shot, a freight train—a great blur of wheels and pistons—roars by on the horizontal. Out of nowhere, Buster comes flying into the frame, landing feet-first in the foreground. Our hero gets up, dusts himself off, dons his porkpie, and is off—from one adventure to the next, it seems. It is a fitting start—in medias res—to a lifetime of restless beginnings.
—Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat by Edward McPherson
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Buster Keaton in his first short film, The High Sign (with Joe Roberts and Bartine Burkett)
The crew of The High Sign giving us the titular gesture. From left to right: co-director Eddie Cline, cinematographer Elgin Lessley, unknown, Buster Keaton, and unknown.