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Keeper of the Flame Details


If you're wondering what Citizen Kane might have looked like had it been produced by MGM, we submit for your approval Keeper of the Flame. War correspondent Spencer Tracy is assigned to write the life story of a recently deceased super-patriot. One would suppose that the much-beloved decedent's life would be an open book, yet his widow Katharine Hepburn refuses to release any details concerning her late husband. Tracy gains Hepburn's confidence, and she agrees to help him with his article. Several curious incidents lead Tracy to believe that Hepburn was in some way responsible for her husband's death. While this is not entirely the case, Tracy stumbles upon a truth that has been carefully hidden from the public by the dead man's "damage control" people. Adapted by Donald Ogden Stewart from a novel by I. A. R. Wylie, Keeper of the Flame is perhaps the most dour of the Tracy/Hepburn vehicles; those expecting the usual battle-of-the-sexes repartee between the two stars would be better off with Adam's Rib or Pat and Mike. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 20, 1944


Spencer Tracy
as Stephen O'Malley
Katharine Hepburn
as Christine Forrest
Richard Whorf
as Clive Kerndon
Margaret Wycherly
as Mrs. Forrest
Forrest Tucker
as Geoffrey Midford
Frank Craven
as Dr. Fielding
Horace McNally
as Freddie Ridges
Percy Kilbride
as Orion Peabody
Darryl Hickman
as Jeb Richards
Donald Meek
as Mr. Arbuthnot
Howard Da Silva
as Jason Richards
Manart Kippen
Dick Elliott
as Auctioneer
William Newell
as Piggot
Clifford Brooke
as William
Louis Mason
as Gardener
Sam Harris
Rex Evans
as John
Crauford Kent
as Ambassador
Edward McWade
as Lawyer
Mickey Martin
as Messenger Boy
Mary McLeod
as Janet
Blanche Yurka
as Anna
Rita Quigley
as Susan
Art Howard
Diana Douglas
Bob Pittard
as Tim


George Cukor
Victor Saville
Donald Ogden Stewart
William H. Daniels
Bronislau Kaper
Composer (Music Score)
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Leon Gordon
Associate Producer
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
Jack Dawn