Keeper of the Flame (1942)
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Critic Reviews for Keeper of the Flame
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.
Middle-brow MGM variant on Citizen Kane. More interesting than good.
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.
Somewhat weird downbeat drama, definitely an oddity from Tracy/Hepburn. But still worth a viewing.
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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