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Writers:
I.A.R. Wylie (novel)
Donald Ogden Stewart (screenplay)
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Release Date:
December 1942 (USA) See more »
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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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 (From FilmExperience. 18 June 2014, 3:00 PM, PDT)

A Year with Kate: Keeper of the Flame (1942)
 (From FilmExperience. 30 April 2014, 2:00 PM, PDT)

Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy Movie in Development
 (From Variety - Film News. 14 February 2014, 10:01 AM, PST)

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The only screen death 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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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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Trivia:
Van Johnson was driving to a special screening of Keeper of the Flame (1942) when he was involved in the road accident that left him with a metal plate in his forehead.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Right after Old Mrs. Forrest complains about her son having been "stabbed in the back", she is shown with her hand at chest level. Immediately afterward, there is a cut to a wider shot, and her hand is down by her waist.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)See more »
Soundtrack:
Marcia FunebreSee more »

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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The only screen death, 20 April 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Keeper of the Flame is the answer to the trivia question, what film contained the only screen death for either Katherine Hepburn or Spencer Tracy in their joint projects.

This was their second teaming and after the comedy of Woman of the Year, they tried a change of pace with a melodrama. Pearl Harbor was still fresh in everyone's minds and so was the discredited isolationist movement.

It's chief spokesperson was Charles Lindbergh on whom the character of Hepburn's husband Robert Forrest was based. Lindbergh's too close association with Germany tarred him for the rest of his life.

Here Robert Forrest is killed right at the beginning of the film as he drives over a bridge that's ready to collapse. The death of Forrest brings out the grief of a nation and reporters flock to his Manderley like estate.

One of those reporters is Spencer Tracy who by some chicanery gains entrance to the place and meets the widow Forrest and her husband's chief aide Richard Whorf. The place reeks of sinister and Tracy's curiosity is aroused. He also meets Margaret Wycherly who is Hepburn's mother-in-law. She's one batty old dame. A far cry from Gary Cooper's mother a year before who Wycherly played in Sergeant York.

Hepburn seeks to preserve her late husband's reputation at the risk of her own in sending Tracy out on a red herring. He discovers the truth and how he does it and the result therein is the crux of the film.

Tracy and Hepburn are at their professional best working for the first time with George Cukor who later guided them through Adam's Rib and Pat and Mike. Richard Whorf is very good as the malevolent aide.

After over 60 years the film still packs a powerful dramatic punch.

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