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Director:
Writers:
I.A.R. Wylie (novel)
Donald Ogden Stewart (screenplay)
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Release Date:
December 1942 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
FIERY LOVE DRAMA! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
Journalist Steve O'Malley wants to write a biography of a national hero who died when his car ran off a bridge. Steve receives conflicting reports and tales that make him question what the truth about the hero is. | Add synopsis »
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(14 articles)
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 (From Variety - Film News. 14 February 2014, 10:01 AM, PST)

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Revisited after all these years, it holds up pretty well. See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Spencer Tracy ... Steven 'Stevie' O'Malley

Katharine Hepburn ... Mrs. Christine Forrest
Richard Whorf ... Clive Kerndon
Margaret Wycherly ... Old Mrs. Forrest

Forrest Tucker ... Geoffrey 'Geoff' Midford
Frank Craven ... Doctor Fielding
Stephen McNally ... Freddie Ridges (as Horace McNally)
Percy Kilbride ... Orion Peabody, Taxi Driver
Audrey Christie ... Jane Harding

Darryl Hickman ... Jeb Rickards

Donald Meek ... Mr. Arbuthnot
Howard Da Silva ... Jason Rickards (as Howard da Silva)
William Newell ... Piggot, the Horse Handler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Glenn Anders ... (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Barry Bernard ... Forward American Boy (uncredited)
Clifford Brooke ... William, Old Mrs. Forrest's Butler (uncredited)
Ricardo Lord Cezon ... Boy (uncredited)
Mabel Colcord ... Store Proprietess (uncredited)
Cliff Danielson ... Reporter Robert Brindley (uncredited)

Diana Douglas ... Forward American Girl (uncredited)
Rex Evans ... John, Christine Forrest's Butler (uncredited)

Donald Gallaher ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Man (uncredited)
Art Howard ... Man (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Reporter (uncredited)
Crauford Kent ... Ambassador (uncredited)
Manart Kippen ... Reporter Martin Snow (uncredited)
Irving Lee ... Boy Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Frederick Lindsley ... Minister (voice) (uncredited)
Mickey Martin ... Messenger Boy (uncredited)
Louis Mason ... Gardener (uncredited)
Mary McLeod ... Janet Rickards (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Man (uncredited)
Dorothy Morris ... Forward American Girl (uncredited)
Barry Norton ... Reporter (uncredited)

Robert Pittard ... Tim, Seated 'Forward American' Boy (uncredited)
Rita Quigley ... Susan, Standing 'Forward American' Girl (uncredited)
Gloria Tucker ... Forward American Girl (uncredited)
Jay Ward ... Pete, Standing 'Forward American' Boy (uncredited)
Blanche Yurka ... Mrs. Anna Taylor (uncredited)

Directed by
George Cukor 
 
Writing credits
I.A.R. Wylie (novel)

Donald Ogden Stewart (screenplay)

Produced by
Leon Gordon .... associate producer
Victor Saville .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
Daniele Amfitheatrof (uncredited)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels  (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
James E. Newcom 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Woehler .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jack D. Moore .... associate set decorator (as Jack Moore)
Lyle R. Wheeler .... associate art director (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adrian .... gowns: Miss Hepburn
 
Music Department
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
100 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | France:U (re-release) | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8871)

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According to Hepburn biographer Alvin H. Marill, Hepburn was very vocal in critiquing the direction of long-time collaborator George Cukor during filming. After Cukor filmed a fire scene, she questioned his handling of the actors, " I don't think they would have to be told about the fire. They would smell the smoke." Cukor finally Spoke up to his star, "It must be wonderful to know all about acting AND all about fires."See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: (at around 43 mins) When O'Malley asks Jeb where his sister is now, we hear Jeb answering, but his mouth doesn't move.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)See more »
Soundtrack:
Marcia FunebreSee more »

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28 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Revisited after all these years, it holds up pretty well., 26 December 1999
Author: finemot

I first saw "Keeper of the Flame" a few years after its original release (1942), probably around age 13, which would make it 1946. At the time of its release, it received mixed reviews at best. I, personally, was quite moved by it. Now, 53 years later, I've seen it again. Although the film is a bit dated and its central theme was better hyped at the time of its release, I believe it holds up fairly well. The film concerns itself with blind hero worship, as a mesmerized nation mourns the sudden accidental death of a national icon. A much respected reporter (Spencer Tracy), just back from Europe where he's witnessed the early horrors of World War II prior to U.S. entry into the conflict, has arrived just after the great man's tragic auto accident. He decides to write the hero's biography, so to immortalize his memory. While he manages to distance himself from the jostling pool of reporters, his biggest challenge is in seeing the great man's reclusive widow (Katharine Hepburn). In short, once the contact is made and the research process undertaken, we see the deceased as through a prism of characters: the eerily effective secretary (Richard Whorf); the down-home philosopher-cab driver (Percy Kilbride); the laconic and somewhat cynical doctor (Frank Craven, who observes of the mass hysteria: "Some of us held out;" a pouting cousin (Forrest Tucker), and an embittered caretaker (Howard Da Silva) who had been the hero's captain in World War I. Now, restricted physically by wounds he suffered, he has served the man he once commanded. He seems resentful of the man who saved his life in combat. The effect of unbridled hero worship on an impressioable young mind is captured in the caretaker's son (Darryl Hickman), convinced he is responsible for the death of his idol. His role becomes tedious, but is critical to the underlying psychology of the film.

Like the peeling of an onion, the film reveals layer after layer of the people in the life of a giant, his relations with them, and the passions stirred by his presence ... and his causes. We see that it is wise to temper emotion with information in selecting our icons. While Tracy and Hepburn are quite good in their roles, it is the supporting cast which drives the film. Whorf, Da Silva and Craven are outstanding in key roles. The Bronislau Kaper score and excellent black and white cinematography preserve the quality of the drama and help it through its dated moments.

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