The Primitive Woman (1918)

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This romance starred Margarita Fischer, who had recently changed the spelling of her last name to Fisher to underscore her rejection of her German heritage (a wise publicity ploy when the U.S. entered World War I). Fischer plays Nan Graythorpe, a lively young girl from a wealthy family who shocks stern Professor Learned (handsome leading man Jack Mower) with her dance, the "Eskimo Fling." Learned wants nothing to do with modern girls and retires to his cabin where he proceeds to write about primitive women. Nan is determined to win the professor, so she goes to stay at a friend's cabin and dresses like a nature girl. She orchestrates a meeting with Learned, who doesn't recognize her, and pretends to have hurt her foot. He takes her back to his cabin where he proceeds to fall in love with her. Soon, there is a lot of gossip about the professor and his wild girl, and by the time Learned discovers Nan's real identity, he has come to the conclusion that she is one modern woman who wins his approval.