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Beware (1946)

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Ware College is a small Black college in Ware, Ohio. Once prominent, it is now low in attendance, low in enrollment and low on money; and at a meeting with instructors Drury and Annabelle ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Louis Jordan ...
Frank L. Wilson ...
Prof. Drury (as Frank Wilson)
Emory Richardson ...
Valerie Black ...
Annabelle Brown
Milton Woods ...
Benjamin Ware III
Joseph Hiliard ...
Harry Jones (Student) (as Joseph Hilliard)
Tommy Hix ...
Donald (Student)
Charles Johnson ...
Charles (Student)
John Frant ...
Ernest Calloway ...
Man in Train Station
Dimples Daniels ...
Long-legged Lizzie Dancer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Byrd ...
Tympani Five Drummer
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ...
Tympani Five Pianist
Walter Earle ...
Train Porter
Carl Hogan ...
Tympani Five Guitarist


Ware College is a small Black college in Ware, Ohio. Once prominent, it is now low in attendance, low in enrollment and low on money; and at a meeting with instructors Drury and Annabelle Brown, Dean Hargreaves reveals that CEO Benjamin Ware III, grandson of the college's founder, claims the estate of his late grandfather is now also destitute, which they believe is untrue and a result of Annabelle's having spurned his affections. They decide to appeal to their famous alumni for financial help thru a reunion, and invitations are sent. Many could help; but surely not Lucius Jordan, a timid lad who loved Annabelle too but dropped out under pressure from Ware. What they don't know is, he's now Louis Jordan, king of swing and leader of the Tympani Band. By accident, Jordan and his band's train is sidelined in Ware for repairs and when he learns of the college's plight, he agrees to pitch in. Though the stuffy faculty are unaware of his reputation, the kids are, and class attendance soars ... Written by Rich Wannen <>

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3 July 1946 (USA)  »

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I found Louis Jordan's Beware enjoyable enough to watch on his 100th birthday
8 July 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

On this-what would have been the 100th birthday of jazz musician Louis Jordan-I thought I'd watch another one of his movies he made for the Astor Pictures Corp.: Beware. He's Lucius 'Brokenshire' Louis Jordan here, a former Ware College student who stumbles there after his train is held over in the town of the same name. Turns out the son of the late founder is intent on closing the school unless the female teacher-who harbors a crush on Lucius-marries him. Now that I've got that filler plot out of the way, the real reason to see this less-than-an-hour picture is the many songs Jordan sings, one after another during the final 15 minutes, that brings energy and joy to the proceedings and should bring a smile to anyone who loves great jazz. I saw this on a 3-disc DVD set called Black Entertainment in Film that was probably the best available print the company had. There's also an amazing dance from Dimples Daniels playing the title character of Louis's song, "Long Legged Lizzie". I also liked the inspirationally up beat song by him called "Don't Worry 'Bout That Mule" among other entertaining numbers. So if you can tolerate the stilted dialogue that abounds here, I highly recommend Beware.

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