Talmadge stars as a young woman who reads romance novels and thinks her marriage dull. Film starts with a fake "castaways" scene as the hero sacrifices himself so the married couple can have enough food and water. Talmadge compares this tripe to her dull husband (Harrison Ford) and moons over the romance author who is believed to be dead in the jungle. Of course that was a publicity hoax, so Talmadge decides to get a quickie divorce and marry the author (Kenneth Harlan). The sap husband decides that if the wife want a "primitive lover," then he'll show her. He kidnaps the couple in Reno and takes them into the mountain wilderness where he shows up the preening author as a phony. Of course Ford has a local Indian helping him hunt and make fires and such. Sort of an early Romancing the Stone, The Primitive Lover is fun and shows why Talmadge was a superstar of her time. Ford also comes off well as the loving husband. Joe Roberts is funny as the big trail boss who uses Talmadge's pancakes as a bullet-proof vest, and Snitz Edwards is in the courtroom scene as the husband. Good fun with nice organ score.
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