starring Constance Talmadge, Harrison Ford and Kenneth Harlan
July 1922

Constance Talmadge has been under-rated.

She's such a nice kid you can't help liking her; and you thihnk how easy it must be to get up there on the screen and just act natural. "Be yourself, Connie," you can hear her directors counselling. "They like you that way; besides, it saves you the trouble of having to act."

It seems to us that, no matter how cunning and coy Constance is in private life, if such a popular young person has such a thing, she must have to exercise considerable ingenuity to carry her spontaneous fun into the studios with her. She always acts as if she were doing this sort of thing for a lark. That she succeeds in making you think her comedy is unpremeditated, especially in this rather improbable story, is a good wholesome sign that the younger Talmadge is progressing all the time.

If you aren't too old and critical, you'll get a good stomach laugh out of this one. You may even thump your neighbor on the back in some of the scenes. Connie is pretty and funny at the same time. Harrison Ford is better than he's ever been; Kenneth Harlan, too.

starring Constance Talmadge, Harrison Ford and Kenneth Harlan
August 1922

Last we mention Constance Talmadge in "The Primitive Lover." It tells of a girl craving the romantic above all else. In spots it is amusing satire, and in others, it is far-fetched comedy. Miss Talmadge as the girl who learns that some things read better than they seem in reality is the same delightful comedienne we have always found her to be. And Harrison Ford invests with a definite charm the role of the divorced husband who is forced to prove to his ex-wife the fallacy of many of her beliefs by the means of a well-staged game.

It seems to us that "The Primitive Lover" is two or three shades better than he recent Constance Talmadge productions. Nevertheless, we are waiting anxiously for her forthcoming "East is West."

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