Under Suspicion (1918)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This drama featuring real-life couple Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne was based on "The Woolworth Diamonds," a story by Hugh Weir which appeared in the Saturday Evening Post. Virginia Blake (Bayne) covers the society beat for the Sentinel, but she nevertheless has a healthy disdain for the idle rich. The wealthy Gerry Simpson (Bushman) falls for Virginia and decides that perhaps it's best if he hides his financial situation. Believing that he is poor and out of work, Virginia gets him a job on the newspaper as a reporter. But then there is a jewel theft during a fashionable party at the home of a society matron. The only clue is a button torn from the culprit's coat by a pet monkey. Virginia discovers that the button came from Simpson's coat and he becomes the main suspect. Both she and Sweeney of the Central Office (Frank Montgomery) believe they have their man. Actually, they're close -- it turns out to be Rogers, Simpson's valet (Hugh Jeffrey). Simpson, meanwhile, buys the paper and takes over as editor. He and Virginia are united.