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Director:
Writers:
I.A.R. Wylie (novel)
Donald Ogden Stewart (screenplay)
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Release Date:
February 1943 (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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" He was not their friend, he was the enemy of America " See more (43 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:
This film received its initial television broadcast in New York City Monday 1 April 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), followed by Chicago 12 May 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Philadelphia 9 July 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Minneapolis 8 September 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), and by Los Angeles 12 September 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); in San Francisco it was first telecast 6 March 1959 on KGO (Channel 7).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Just before O'Malley is threatened by Geoff, his hat is wet. Immediately afterward, his hat is dry.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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
" He was not their friend, he was the enemy of America ", 16 June 2010
Author: thinker1691 from USA

In the early days of the 1940's, America was being inexorably drawn into World War Two. During that time, there was a great national Isolationist movement which sought to keep America out of the global conflict. The strongest and perhaps the most influential figures which arose were America's heroes. Among them was famed aviator, Charles Lindbergh. Having visited Germany prior to the invasion of Poland, was convinced America could not win a war against Germany. This movie called " Keeper of the Flame " represents the views of the late Robert Forest, a rich industrialist, popular and civic leader who although groomed himself as a true American patriot, was in fact a 'sleeper' Fascist. Because he believed Forest was an American hero, Steve O'Malley (Spencer Tracy) a famous war correspondent, returns home. His mission is to write the biography of Forest. Instead, as he begins writing the story, he discovers that Forest's wife Christine (Katharine Hepburn) and her family is hiding a family secret which everyone wants to keep buried with the deceased. With Richard Whorf, Margaret Wycherly and Forrest Tucker in supporting roles, this mysterious film quickly becomes a spy vs spy drama. One which Tracy and Hepburn play to the hilt. Due to her association with her husband, I could not help but see Bogart in this movie. Nevertheless, this is a dark film which easily explains the title. Recommended to anyone wanting to recall why America eventually went to war. ****

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