The Joy Girl

The Joy Girl

Film poster
Directed by Allan Dwan
Produced by William Fox
Written by May Edginton (novel)
Frances Agnew
Malcolm Stuart Boylan
Adele Comandini
Starring Olive Borden
Neil Hamilton
Marie Dressler
Mary Alden
William Norris
Helen Chandler
Jerry Miley
Frank Walsh
Clarence J. Elmer
Peggy Kelly
Jimmy Grainger Jr.
Cinematography William J. Miller
George Webber
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release dates
  • September 3, 1927 (1927-09-03)
Running time
70 minutes
Language English

The Joy Girl (1927) is an 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


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.[1][2]

Lobby card



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.[3]


The Joy Girl is currently unavailable for viewing and is considered a lost film. A print is rumored to exist at the Museum of Modern Art.[4] [5]

See also


  1. TCM Database
  2. "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 ...
  3. Haines, p. 8
  4. The Joy Girl at database
  5. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:...The Joy Girl
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