Anita Stewart may have received top billing in Vitagraph's The Suspect, but the true star of the proceedings was S. Rankin Drew, who also directed the picture. Set in France and Russia, the plot revolves around the cruelties of Russian Grand Duke Karatoff (Anders Randolf, known to friends and enemies alike as "the butcher." Sophie (Stewart), leader of a band of revolutionaries, attempts to assassinate Karatoff but accidentally wounds his son Paul (Drew) instead. Sophie and Paul subsequently marry, hoping to find a common ground for their individual ideologies. But the Duke spoils this plan by forcing Sophie to become his mistress. Leaving his wife in disgust, Paul is waylaid by a jealous rival, whereupon he loses his memory. Having given up Paul for dead, Sophie travels to England, where she falls in love with Sir Richard Stanhope (Frank Wupperman, who later billed himself as Frank Morgan). Much, much more happens before the melodramatic climax, in which Paul is murdered and Sophie is arrested for the crime (thereby justifying the film's title).
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