After Mouroff ( Edward Elkas ), a Nihilist, aims a bomb at Duke Karatoff ( Anders Randolf ) and misses, Karatoff's son, Prince Paul ( S. Rankin Drew ), pursues Mouroff to an apartment, but is stunned when Valdor ( George Cooper ), Mouroff's confederate, attacks him. Sophie Karrinini ( Anita Stewart ), also staying at the apartment, nurses Paul back to health and he falls in love with her. Although she wants to avenge the death of her parents who were tortured by Paul's father, they marry and bear a son. Paul then discovers that Sophie is really a member of the Nihilist party. When he confronts her, Valdor knocks him unconscious and dumps him in the river. Mouroff rescues Paul but Paul loses his memory and becomes a Nihilist himself. Thinking that Paul is dead, Sophie escapes to England and falls in love with Sir Richard ( Frank Wupperman ), a British diplomat, who is working under cover. Five years later, everyone converges at a Nihilist meeting in London. Paul's father infiltrates the meeting, but Richard knows his true identity. At the meeting, a bullet intended for his father hits Paul and he dies. Sophie is free to marry Richard and Karatoff takes his grandson, who is heir to the throne, to his homeland.
This 1916 silent drama was based on a novel, produced by the Vitagraph Company of America and starred the very talented actress, Anita Stewart. Sadly, The Suspect is now listed as a lost silent film. One can hope a copy survives and resurfaces for pubic viewing.
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