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Keeper of the Flame -- A reporter digs into the secret life of a recently deceased political hero.


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I.A.R. Wylie (novel)
Donald Ogden Stewart (screenplay)
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Release Date:
December 1942 (USA) See more »
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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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" He was not their friend, he was the enemy of America " See more (38 total) »


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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)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Finland:K-16 | France:U (re-release) | Sweden:15 | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8871) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: Just before O'Malley is threatened by Geoff, his hat is wet. Immediately afterward, his hat is dry.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)See more »
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" 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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