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Keeper of The Flame 1942

December 13, 2011

Keeper of the Flame is Katharine Hepburn‘s 18th film and the second film she did with Spencer Tracy. I hadn’t seen it until this year when it came out on DVD.
In this film journalist Steve O’Malley (Tracy) is writing the biography of a national hero, Robert Forest, who was running for the presidency when he died in a car accident. Steve tries to get in touch with Mrs. Forest (Hepburn) but keeps running into obstacles. He finally gets to meet her and she agrees to help him get the info to write his book. The more he learns and the more he interviews people, he discovers that something is just not right and there seems to be a cover up. O’Malley stops at nothing to uncover the truth.
The film was based on the then unpublished book by I.A.R. (Ida) Wylie. This film is more of a mystery drama. Kind of unusual for the typical Tracy/Hepburn films that they are so known for. It has become one of my favorite Hepburn films. I would highly recommend it to all. I recontly purchased a copy of the book and I can’t wait to read it.

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