Under Suspicion (1918 film)

Under Suspicion is a 1918 American silent film comedy-mystery directed by Will S. Davis and starring Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne. Based upon the short story "The Woolworth Diamonds" by Hugh C. Weir that appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, it was produced and distributed by Metro Pictures.[1]

Under Suspicion
Directed byWill S. Davis
Produced byMetro Pictures
Written byAlbert Shelby Le Vino
Based on"The Woolworth Diamonds"
by Hugh C. Weir
StarringFrancis X. Bushman
Beverly Bayne
CinematographyRudolph Bergquist
Distributed byMetro Pictures
Release date
February 4, 1918
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

This is a lost film.[2]


As described in a film magazine,[3] Gerry Simpson (Bushman) meets newspaper reporter Virginia Blake (Bayne) and, after learning that she has no use for the idle rich, decides to become a reporter and make Virginia believe he is poor in order to win her. Both are very happy until Virginia comes to believe that Gerry is responsible for a series of robberies that have occurred at fashionable functions. She goes to his apartment but is interrupted by Gerry's valet. Gerry arrives home in time to save Virginia from the wrath of the crooked valet and after the thief is brought to justice, Virginia, convinced of Gerry's innocence, promises to marry him.



Like many American films of the time, Under Suspicion was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors required cuts, in Reel 2, of the stealing from a safe, examining the loot after the valet gets home, and, in Reel 5, the stealing of a necklace.[4]


  1. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films
  2. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Under Suspicion
  3. "Reviews: Under Suspicion". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (8): 26. February 16, 1918.
  4. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (9): 29. February 23, 1918.

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