Primitive Lover (1922)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Light comedienne Constance Talmadge did some of her best work with the husband/wife, director/writer team of John Emerson and Anita Loos. Without them, her films were a mixed bag, and this poorly paced romantic comedy is not one of her best. Considering that Frances Marion wrote the scenario, and Sidney A. Franklin directed it, this is rather surprising -they weren't exactly slouches. Hector Tomley (ever-popular 1920s leading man Harrison Ford) marries Phyllis (Talmadge) while his friend and rival, novelist Donald Wales (Kenneth Harlan), is hiking through the jungle as a publicity stunt for his latest book. But Phyllis finds Tomley too prosaic for her tastes, and when Wales returns, she's attracted once again to his sense of romance. Tomley agrees to a divorce until a Native American friend suggests he win her back by primitive means. This sparks an idea, and Tomley kidnaps Phyllis and Wales. He locks them up together in a bare cabin and encourages Wales to use his romantic skills in this decidedly unromantic setting. The writer fails miserably, while Tomley proves how manly he is. Phyllis comes to her senses and halts the divorce proceedings. This picture was adapted from Edgar Selwyn's play, The Divorcee.