Keeper of the Flame (1942) - Rotten Tomatoes

Keeper of the Flame (1942)





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In this film, 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.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


Spencer Tracy
as Steven 'Stevie' O'Ma...
Katharine Hepburn
as Mrs. Christine Forre...
Richard Whorf
as Clive Kerndon
Forrest Tucker
as Geoffrey 'Geoff' Mid...
Margaret Wycherly
as Mrs. Forrest
Donald Meek
as Mr. Arbuthnot
Horace McNally
as Freddie Ridges
Stephen McNally
as Freddie Ridges
Audrey Christie
as Jane Harding
Frank Craven
as Dr. Fielding
Percy Kilbride
as Orion Peabody
Howard Da Silva
as Jason Rickards
Darryl Hickman
as Jeb Rickards
Crauford Kent
as Ambassador
Mickey Martin
as Messenger Boy
Manart Kippen
as Reporter
Dick Elliott
as Auctioneer
Irving Lee
as Boy Reporter
Louis Mason
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

This is probably one of the most underrated suspense/thrillers ever, as well as being one of Katharine Hepurn's and Spencer Tracy's most underrated films. The story is engaging, the acting is superb, and there are many twists and turns to be analyzed, as well as important themes that are still relevant to this day. I was on the edge of my seat and engaged from beginning to end, and this film also blew me away during its twists and turns. I will never forget a line near the end of the film, "I destroyed the man to protect to the image." This film is an important statement that some of our greatest heroes are our worst enemies. See this film.

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