Joe (1924 film)

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Joe the film.jpg
Still from film
Directed by Beaumont Smith
Produced by Beaumont Smith
Written by Beaumont Smith
Based on Joe Wilson & Joe Wilson's Mates by Henry Lawson
Starring Arthur Tauchert
Marie Lorraine
Cinematography Lacey Percival
Beaumont Smith's Productions
Distributed by Beaumont Smith
Release date
23 August 1924[1]
Running time
5,000 feet
Country Australia
Language Silent

Joe is a 1924 Australian silent film comedy directed by Beaumont Smith based on the stories of Henry Lawson about the character Joe Wilson.

It is believed to be a lost film.[2]


Mary Brand (Constance Graham), the young housekeeper at old Black's station, becomes the wife of Joe Wilson (Arthur Tauchert), the painter. The couple take up farming, but Joe leaves on a business visit to Sydney, and becomes entangled in the affairs of his sister-in-law Barbara (Marie Lorraine), who has been instrumental in the destruction of a dress belonging to her employers. Joe pays for the dress and takes Barbara back to the bush. Barbara reconciles with Harry Black, old Black's son, who has lately ended an unhappy marriage. Barbara and Harry fall in love.[3]

Action sequences include a bushfire and a ball in the city.



The movie was the film debut of Marie Lorraine, one of the famous McDonagh sisters. It was shot in June 1924 on location in the Burragorang Valley near Sydney, with interiors at the Rushcutter's Bay studio of Australasian Films. The ball scene was shot at the Ambassador's Dance Palais over a one-day 14-hour shoot.[4]


The film received better reviews than most of Smith's work and was reportedly a box office success.[4]

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  1. ^ Ross Cooper,"Filmography: Beaumont Smith", Cinema Papers, March–April 1976 p333
  2. ^ "Joe". Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "PRODUCTION OF "JOE".". The Mail. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 13 September 1924. p. 15. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 121.

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