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Keeper of the Flame (1942)

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Running Time
1 hour, 40 minutes

Country USA

Studio MGM

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Other Titles
• Keeper of the Flame
• Die Ganze Wahrheit (1987)

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Genre: Drama, Murder, Deception, Mental Illness, Doctor, Psychodrama, Suspense, On The Road

Plot: Katharine Hepburn gives one of her most nuanced performances in this offbeat Gothic drama. This mysterious film creates a dark, brooding atmosphere with a visual style well suited to a story about concealing the truth. KEEPER OF THE FLAME was the first film in which George Cukor directed the dynamic duo of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Tracy plays top-notch reporter Stephen O’Malley, who travels to a small town to investigate the accidental death of national hero Robert V. Forrest, a World War I veteran. Forrest’s widow, Christine (Hepburn), has become a recluse, and O’Malley also faces a lack of cooperation from the dead men’s friends and relatives. It turns out they are covering up the truth of Forrest's political views, which are revealed to be less than patriotic. Released in the midst of World War II, the film was an attack on the radical right and was used as evidence against screenwriter Donald Ogden Stewart when he was blacklisted in 1951.

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 Directed by
George Cukor
Gone with the Wind, My Fair Lady, The Philadelphia Story
 Written by
I.A.R. Wylie
Vivacious Lady, Phone Call from a Stranger
Donald Ogden Stewart
The Philadelphia Story, Holiday, Marie Antoinette
Spencer Tracy
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Inherit the Wind, Adam's Rib
Katharine Hepburn
The African Queen, The Philadelphia Story, Bringing Up Baby
Richard Whorf
Yankee Doodle Dandy, Chain Lightning, The Cross of Lorraine
Margaret Wycherly
White Heat, Sergeant York, Random Harvest
Forrest Tucker
Auntie Mame, Sands of Iwo Jima, Chisum
Frank Craven
In This Our Life, Son of Dracula, Our Town
Stephen McNally
Winchester '73, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Criss Cross
 Music By
Bronislau Kaper
A Night at the Opera, Gaslight, Auntie Mame

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