Keeper of the Flame (1942)


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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. … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Donald Ogden Stewart, I.A.R. Wylie
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 23, 1991


as Steven 'Stevie' O'Ma...

as Mrs. Christine Forre...

as Clive Kerndon

as Geoffrey 'Geoff' Mid...

as Mrs. Forrest

as Mr. Arbuthnot

as Freddie Ridges

as Freddie Ridges

as Jane Harding

as Dr. Fielding

as Orion Peabody

as Jason Rickards

as Jeb Rickards

as Ambassador

as Messenger Boy

as Reporter

as Auctioneer

as Boy Reporter

as Gardener
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Critic Reviews for Keeper of the Flame

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Director Cukor thought the plot was fraudulent, and the film is the worst collaboration of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in her first role as a "mature" woman.

Full Review… | August 8, 2006

An ill-conceived political melodrama modeled after Citizen Kane.

Full Review… | January 24, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Middle-brow MGM variant on Citizen Kane. More interesting than good.

August 2, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Keeper of the Flame


An intense, yet also extremely heavy-handed political drama. It leads on like a film noir with the writer played by Tracy as the detective, trying to figure out a mystery about the famous Mr. Forrest, and then becomes something very outrageous in the end. I enjoyed it, but it is a little too unbelievable, if you see it you know what I mean. Overall it is pretty good, though.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Somewhat weird downbeat drama, definitely an oddity from Tracy/Hepburn. But still worth a viewing.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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