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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 »
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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 Variety - Film News. 14 February 2014, 10:01 AM, PST)

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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:
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:
Continuity: In the denouement scene in the arsenal, while standing near the safe, Christine begins wearing a rain coat which then becomes a fuzzy cloth coat.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)See more »
Soundtrack:
Marcia FunebreSee more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
The Midnight Oil, 12 August 2001
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

This film is early in the Tracy-Hepburn canon, and not widely regarded as one of their best efforts. The thing is, coming out so shortly after their landmark Woman Of the year, it isn't properly a Tracy-Hepburn vehicle so much as a George Cukor-Donald Ogden Stewart movie in which they happen to appear.

It is the story of a newspaperman (Tracy) out to investigate the circumstances behind the death of a much beloved American hero, meets and falls in love with the man's widow (Hepburn)who, along with everyone else whoever knew the man, seems to be harboring some dark secrets as to the true nature of his character. The film owes some obvious debts to Citizen Kane in being the inside scoop on a recently deceased man presumed to be great but who was in actuality something else altogether. In its somber mood, forbidding mansion, enigmatic and generally paranoid aspect, Keeper of the Flame suggests Kane in many regards, but is, to be fair, its own film.

Tracy and Hepburn play their roles exceedingly well. The supporting cast is well-chosen, and Percy Kilbride does a nice turn as a cab-driver; while Margaret Wycherly is scarifying as the dead man's mad mother; and a young, Aryan-looking-as-all-getout Forrest Tucker scoots about on a motorcycle like he'd join Hitler's minions at the drop of a hat. Richard Whorf in what at the time must have seemed a 'daring' performance, plays a fussy secretary to the dead hero in a manner which suggests a combination of repressed mania and strong homosexual tendencies. His character is wholly unbelievable but awfully fun to watch.

The movie has a dark, gothic cast to it, and was obviously filmed on a studio back-lot, but the result is not so much unreality as the suggestion of a fairy tale or a fable strangely consistent with the film's intent, and hence satisfying, making its woods and country roads look at times like a weird and twisted perversion of a Norman Rockwell painting.

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