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A Dash of Courage

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A Dash of Courage
Still from film featuring William Mason, Harry Gribbon, Wallace Beery and Raymond Griffith
Directed byCharley Chase
Produced byMack Sennett
(Keystone Studios)
StarringGloria Swanson
Wallace Beery
CinematographyPaul Garnett
Distributed byTriangle Film Corporation
Release date
  • May 7, 1916 (1916-05-07)
Running time
20 minutes; 2 reels
CountryUnited States

A Dash of Courage is a 1916 American silent comedy film directed by Charley Chase, starring Gloria Swanson,[1] and featuring Wallace Beery, to whom she was briefly married.[2][3]


A band of crooks, headed by Harry Gribbon, are on a train when they learn of a telegram sent to a fellow passenger, who is a police commissioner. The wire identifies him as official collector for the Old Cops' Home. A little chloroform does for him and when the train pulls out of his destination he is still on board while Gribbon is posing as the commissioner-collector. Great preparations have been made to receive the distinguished visitor. The only drawback to the welcome is the sour music dispensed by the police band. The musicians are sent upstairs in the police station to practice some more, and here they are found by Gribbon's associates. A quart of chloroform poured while they are asleep the crooks exchange clothing with them. During the interruption Gribbon has begun his collecting by attempting to rob the safe of the richest man in town. Woodward telephones for the police and the crooks respond. They suggest that he wait until the culprit has the money, which can be used as evidence. Gribbon is then arrested by his own men. Woodward suspicious after a long wait, again telephones to the station and is answered by the real police, who have revived. Their pursuit is complicated by the fact that they are wearing the clothes which belong to the pursued. A combination of thrills and laughs brings the picture to a close.

— Moving Picture World, May 27, 1916[4]



Louis Reeves Harrison's review in The Moving Picture World (1916) said that Harry Gribbon's performance offered "much that is new in characterization and in his personality, and his support is active enough to make the little play move with snap from start to finish".[5] Thomas C. Kennedy said in his review for Motography (1916) that "one finds many really humorous moments, and the picture tells a story that is always interesting; in fact, a story with such continuity as this one has is quite unusual in farce of the Keystone type". Kennedy praised the actor's performances, highlighting Gribbon's leading role saying, he "wins the acting honors".[6]


  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: A Dash of Courage". Silent Era. Retrieved July 4, 2009.
  2. ^ Shearer, Stephen Michael (2013). Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star. Thomas Dunne Books. ISBN 9781250013668.
  3. ^ Swanson, Gloria (1980). Swanson on Swanson. Random House. pp. 69–75. ISBN 0-394-50662-6.
  4. ^ "A Dash of Courage". Moving Picture World. May 27, 1916. p. 1582.
  5. ^ Louis Reeves Harrison (June 1916). "Triangle Program". Moving Picture World. p. 1708.
  6. ^ Thomas C. Kennedy (June 3, 1916). "A Dash of Courage". Motography. p. 1281.
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