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Keeper of the Flame ()


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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... See more »

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Steven O'Malley
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Christine Forrest
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Clive Kerndon
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Mrs. Forrest
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Geoffrey Midford
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Dr. Fielding
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Freddie Ridges (as Horace McNally)
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Orion Peabody
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Jane Harding
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Jeb Rickards
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Mr. Arbuthnot
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Jason Rickards (as Howard da Silva)
William Newell ...
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Clifford Brooke ...
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Cliff Danielson ...
Reporter Robert Brindley (uncredited)
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Forward American Girl (uncredited)
Rex Evans ...
John (uncredited)
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Sam Harris ...
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Art Howard ...
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Ambassador (uncredited)
Manart Kippen ...
Reporter Martin Snow (uncredited)
Irving Lee ...
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Charles Frederick Lindsley ...
Minister (uncredited) (voice)
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Gardener (uncredited)
Mary McLeod ...
Janet Rickards (uncredited)
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Directed by

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George Cukor

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I.A.R. Wylie ... (novel)
 
Donald Ogden Stewart ... (screenplay)

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Leon Gordon ... associate producer
Victor Saville ... producer

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Bronislau Kaper
Daniele Amfitheatrof ... (uncredited)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco ... (uncredited)

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William H. Daniels ... (as William Daniels)

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James E. Newcom

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Cedric Gibbons

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Edwin B. Willis

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Jack Dawn ... makeup artist (uncredited)

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Edward Woehler ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Jack D. Moore ... associate set decorator (as Jack Moore)
Lyle R. Wheeler ... associate art director (as Lyle Wheeler)

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Douglas Shearer ... recording director

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Warren Newcombe ... special effects

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Adrian ... gowns: Miss Hepburn

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Wally Heglin ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab ... orchestrator (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

American military leader and war hero Robert Forrester, universally beloved and respected within the country and thus touted as Presidential material, has just died in a freak car accident on his sprawling estate, where, during an unexpected rainstorm, the car he was driving plunged over a ravine as he didn't notice the washed-out bridge. While the nation mourns, the national reporters descend on his small hometown to write the story of the incident. One reporter who won't is renowned Steven O'Malley, who wants instead to write an in-depth piece on the man to preserve his status within the public consciousness. Although happy to use official documents and records, O'Malley wants most specifically to speak to his wife, Christine Forrester, which may be a difficult task as she has refused to grant any interviews as a very private person. O'Malley is able to meet with Christine in person, and although she is reluctant to oblige his request at first, she is convinced by Robert's aide, Clive Kerndon, to cooperate with him so as to control the agenda. As O'Malley begins his research, he begins to think that Christine and others around her are hiding something about Robert and/or his death. O'Malley is determined to discover the truth, which he believes may have something to do with: Robert's mother, afflicted with dementia and hidden away in a big isolated house on the estate; Christine's cousin, Geoffrey Midford, who does not hide his disdain for Robert; and/or Jason Rickards, one of Robert's servants, or one of Jason's children, Jason who was once Robert's superior in the military before he was permanently injured in battle and saved by Robert in the process. Written by Huggo

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Taglines FIERY LOVE DRAMA! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • La flamme sacrée (France)
  • La llama sagrada (Spain)
  • Die ganze Wahrheit (Austria)
  • Die ganze Wahrheit (West Germany)
  • O fylakas tis flogas (Greece)
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Trivia Van Johnson was driving to a special screening of Keeper of the Flame (1943) when he was involved in the road accident that left him with a metal plate in his forehead. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Soundtracks Marcia Funebre See more »
Quotes Doctor Fielding: Hero fever, I call it. Very modern. Ever since we've been getting out of touch with God, we've been pushovers for it. And the young get it the worst of all.
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