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Keeper of the Flame
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Most serious, intriguing Tracy / Hepburn film. See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Spencer Tracy ... Steven O'Malley

Katharine Hepburn ... Christine Forrest
Richard Whorf ... Clive Kerndon

Margaret Wycherly ... Mrs. Forrest

Forrest Tucker ... Geoffrey Midford

Frank Craven ... Dr. Fielding

Stephen McNally ... Freddie Ridges (as Horace McNally)

Percy Kilbride ... Orion Peabody

Audrey Christie ... Jane Harding

Darryl Hickman ... Jeb Rickards

Donald Meek ... Mr. Arbuthnot

Howard Da Silva ... Jason Rickards (as Howard da Silva)
William Newell ... Piggot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Glenn Anders ... (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Barry Bernard ... Forward American Boy (uncredited)
Clifford Brooke ... William (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 (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 (uncredited)

Rita Quigley ... Susan (uncredited)
Gloria Tucker ... Forward American Girl (uncredited)
Jay Ward ... Pete (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:Tous publics (re-release) | Sweden:15 | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8871) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Louis B. Mayer was very unhappy about the film's political content, thinking it noncommercial. Katharine Hepburn too felt that the storyline was too dull and needed to be pepped up with some romance. She complained to producer Victor Saville about this but he ignored her comments, so Hepburn went directly to Mayer who was only too happy to make the film into a more conventional Hollywood romance.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When the newspaper articles are shown near the end of the movie, the first name in O'Malley's bylines changes between Steven and Stephen.See more »
Quotes:
Orion Peabody:Banks ain't interested in motorbike ridin'.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)See more »
Soundtrack:
Marcia FunebreSee more »

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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Most serious, intriguing Tracy / Hepburn film., 16 May 2005
Author: SpaceComics from Colorado

One of my favorite Spencer Tracy movies, Keeper of the Flame is probably the most serious of all the films teaming Tracy with Katherine Hepburn, perhaps the only one that might fit the "noir" class. Mystery surrounds the death of national hero Robert Forrest. Reporter Steve O'Malley (Tracy) wants to do a biography of the late statesman, but the closer he tries to get to the family on their huge estate (sort of a Gothic version of the Kennedy Compound), the more it seems Forrest's widow (Hepburn) and secretary are trying to hide something. Tracy begins to suspect their foul involvement in the hero's supposed accidental death. In addition to the great Tracy and Hepburn and an intriguing story, there are fine performances from the supporting cast which includes a young Forrest Tucker (Spencer, Tracy, and Kong), Darryl Hickman (Fighting Father Dunn), Howard da Silva (1776), Percy Kilbride (Pa Kettle), and others.

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