Joy and the Dragon

Joy and the Dragon is a surviving 1916 silent film directed by Henry King and starring himself and 'Baby' Marie Osborne. It was produced at the Balboa Amusement Producing Company and distributed by the Pathé Exchange.[1][2][3]

Joy and the Dragon
Directed byHenry King
Produced byBalboa Amusement Producing Company
E. D. Horkheimer
H. M. Horkheimer
StarringMarie Osborne
CinematographyWilliam Beckway
George Rizard
Distributed byPathé Exchange
Release date
  • December 31, 1916 (1916-12-31)
Running time
5 reels or about 50 minutes
LanguageSilent..English intertitles

Copies survive in London (BFI) and Valencia Spain (Instituto Valenciano De Cinematografia).[4]



From the Descriptive Catalogue of Pathéscope Films:

On the blue waves floats the remainder of a wrecked ship. On the wreck is little Mary who is now an orphan, both her parents having been drowned when the ship went down. Mary is taken to an orphan asylum; there she has all sorts of troubles and runs away. While everybody thinks she was drowned, she simply is on a locomotive, heading West. She finds herself in a Western small town grocery store, at the time a man draws a revolver to shoot another; she disarms the assailant. The attacked man happens to be James Lewis, the son of a rich Easterner; he came West after reverses and gambling adventures, to reform. Mary's intervention so strongly impressed the stranger that he adopts the child. The would-be assassin, not satisfied to let Lewis escape, plans a new plot to kill him with a bomb. The little girl discovers the bomb and explodes it, again saving her benefactor from certain death. James is so affected by this that he sells the claim and returns to his former life with the idea of making little Mary happy forever. [5]


  1. "Silent Era : Progressive Silent Film List". Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  2. "Detail view of Movies Page". Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  3. Blum, Daniel C. (29 September 2017). "A pictorial history of the silent screen". Grosset. Retrieved 29 September 2017 via Internet Archive.
  4. "Joy And The Dragon". 29 September 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  5. The Pathéscope Company of America, Inc. (1922). Descriptive Catalogue of Pathéscope Safety Standard Films. New York. p. 79.

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