Looking to add to your Silent Comedy collection? You’ll appreciate this Buster Keaton “The High Sign” Mug.
Mug features a lobby card from his classic comedy short “The High Sign” (1921).
Many people consider Buster Keaton, born Joseph Frank Keaton, (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966) to be the greatest comedian in the history of film. Like Charlie Chaplin, he directed, produced, developed stories as well as starred in his own films. Keaton, however, was more athletic and is still revered today as a world class stunt person. He also didn’t employ pathos or rely on sentimentality to make his screen characters likable. He didn’t need to. Audiences readily identified with child like wonderment. With his classic deadpan expression, exhibitors promoted him as a “The Great Stone Face.” Keaton also wore a pork pie hat in many of his comedies. That, too, became an identifiable trademark.
Although his career nosedived in the 1930s (thanks to alcohol, MGM’s attempt to stifle his creativity, and a few failed marriages), audiences and critics rediscovered him in the 1950s and he received an Honorary Academy Award in 1959.
Keaton left behind a treasure trove of wonderful film shorts and silent feature films. All of his silent film shorts, including The High Sign, are top tier classics of the slapstick genre. His silent feature films such as Sherlock Jr. (1924), Our Hospitality (1923), The Navigator (1924), The General (1926), Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) and The Cameraman (1928), showcased his creativity and comic genius in a longer format. In 1996, Entertainment Weakly listed him as the seventh-greatest film director of all time. In 1999, the American Film Institute named him as the 21st greatest male star of classic Hollywood cinema.
About the Buster Keaton “The High Sign” Mug
Whether you’re drinking your morning coffee, evening tea, or something in between – this mug’s for you! It’s sturdy and glossy with a vivid print that’ll withstand the microwave and dishwasher.
• Dishwasher and microwave safe
• White and glossy