The Joy Girl

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The Joy Girl
Joy Girl poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Allan Dwan
Produced by William Fox
Written by Frances Agnew
Malcolm Stuart Boylan
Adele Comandini
Based on The Joy Girl
by May Edginton
Starring Olive Borden
Neil Hamilton
Marie Dressler
Mary Alden
Cinematography William J. Miller
George Webber
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release date
  • September 3, 1927 (1927-09-03)
Running time
70 minutes
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Joy Girl is a 1927 American two-strip Technicolor silent comedy film directed by Allan Dwan, released by Fox Film Corporation, starring Olive Borden, Neil Hamilton, and Marie Dressler, and based on the novel of the same name by May Edginton.[1]


Jewel Courage (Borden) rejects a suitor (Hamilton), whom she thinks is a chauffeur, in favor of a man she thinks is a millionaire. It transpires that the roles were, in fact, reversed; Hamilton is the millionaire and the other man a chauffeur. Jewel is crushed but manages to do well for herself in business, until she and the real millionaire find themselves reconciled.[2][3]

Lobby card


  • Olive Borden as Jewel Courage
  • Neil Hamilton as John Jeffrey Fleet
  • Marie Dressler as Mrs. Heath
  • Mary Alden as Mrs. Courage
  • William Norris as Herbert Courage
  • Helen Chandler as Flora
  • Jerry Miley as Vicary
  • Frank Walsh as Hugh Sandman
  • Clarence Elmer as Valet
  • Peggy Kelly as Isolde
  • Jimmy Grainger Jr. as Chauffeur
  • Betty Byrne (uncredited)
  • Ursula Fisher (uncredited)
  • Edna Wilson (uncredited)


Location filming took place in Palm Beach, Florida. Either part or all of the film was shot in Technicolor. It was the last film to be shot in the second Technicolor process ("System 2"), before the company's implementation of a new, improved format in 1928.[4]

Preservation status[edit]

A print of The Joy Girl with Czech intertitles is held at the Museum of Modern Art.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Joy Girl at
  2. ^ TCM Database
  3. ^ "Projection Jottings". New York Times. September 4, 1927. Retrieved 2014-12-06. The Joy Girl, with Olive Borden, produced by Allan Dwan, is to occupy the Roxy screen this week. It is based on a story by May Edglnton. The exterior scenes ... 
  4. ^ Haines, p. 8
  5. ^ "Joy Girl". 1927. Retrieved 2017-06-06. 

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