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Mme. Petrova as Lucille Carruthers, in "Tempered Steel," to be screened at His Majesty's Theatre to-night and Monday, appears as the daughter oi a proud Southern planter, who stands for the modern idea that every girl ought to have a career. A chance meeting with a touring actor determines her to try the stage. Serge Ratakin, the actor in question, offers- to coach her, and Lucille goes to New York, whero she makes headway, and meets a boy friend of her schooldays, now a doctor, to whom she becomes engaged. Ratakin cherishes a hope of marrying her, for her father's money, but he betrays no signs of jealousy until Lucille attracts the attention of a prominent manager, of bad repute where women are concerned, who gives her the star part in a new play, and installs her in an expensive up-town aoartment in anticipation of the salary he is goin-r to pay her. On the evening of the nrst performance Ratakin attempts to .prevent Lucille leaving for the theatre, and is about to throw vitrol in her face, when she shoots him in self-defence. Overcome by the shock, she telephones the manaeer that she is too ill to appear, but when the latter comes to fetch her she braces herself for the ordeal, and gets through the performance successfully. The. manager, having noticed a man's hat lying on the floor, asks for an explanation, and Lucille shows him the dead man lying in a corner by the window. In the end it is demonstrated that Ratakin was killed by a flash of lightning. ..;

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HIS MAJESTY'S THEATRE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9600, 3 May 1919

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HIS MAJESTY'S THEATRE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9600, 3 May 1919

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