She made a score of one-reelers, playing "'Susie,' an irrepressibly enthusiastic, impulsive young woman who gets into humorous scrapes.Larger parts would come, but a certain personality remained:

Directors often cast Joy in the "strong-willed independent woman" role, and the liberated atmosphere of the Jazz Age Roaring Twenties solidified her public popularity, especially with female film goers. Her close-cropped hair and somewhat boyish persona (she was often cast as a woman mistaken for a young man) became fashionable during the era.


Joy's career began to falter with the advent of talkies, possibly because her heavy southern accent was considered unfashionable in comparison with other actresses' refined "mid-Atlantic" diction.