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Beware (1946)

Approved | | Music, Romance | 3 July 1946 (USA)
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 »


Bud Pollard


John E. Gordon (story and screenplay)

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Credited cast:
Louis Jordan ... Lucius Brokenshire 'Louis' Jordan
Frank L. Wilson Frank L. Wilson ... Prof. Drury (as Frank Wilson)
Emory Richardson Emory Richardson ... Dean Hargreaves
Valerie Black Valerie Black ... Annabelle Brown
Milton Woods Milton Woods ... Benjamin Ware III
Joseph Hiliard Joseph Hiliard ... Harry Jones (Student) (as Joseph Hilliard)
Tommy Hix Tommy Hix ... Donald (Student)
Charles Johnson Charles Johnson ... Charles (Student)
John Grant John Grant ... Joe
Walter Earle Walter Earle ... Train Porter
Ernest Calloway Ernest Calloway ... Stranger in Train Station
Dimples Daniels Dimples Daniels ... Long Legg'd Lizzie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Byrd Eddie Byrd ... Tympani Five Drummer
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ... Tympani Five Pianist
Carl Hogan 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 <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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Starring in his first feature-length, ALL COLORED, fun-packed musical screen show! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

3 July 1946 (USA) See more »

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Beware! See more »

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1.37 : 1
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underrated record of a great entertainer
20 December 2008 | by winner55See all my reviews

The low rating for this film at IMDb makes no sense. First, the film isn't intended as anything other than a showcase for the great Louis Jordan, one of the most simply entertaining musicians of the period, and that intent is realized pretty well. I don't see the point in not giving the film credit for completely achieving its goals.

Second, the story is no more silly than the typical Rooney-Garland vehicle of the '30s, and those are considered 'classics.' Even the dreadful Elvis vehicles of the '60s are given more benefit of the doubt, and deserve it less - lighten up here! Third, given the evident lack of funds, the quality of the film-making is strictly professional. There are no major gaffs in the camera-work or editing, the pace is very spry, the supporting players turn in believable performances.

But of course, the whole purpose of the film is Louis Jordan, a fascinating musician, bandleader and singer, oozing charisma, who is clearly having a great deal of fun giving us a great deal of fun. And that's what this film is, a whole lot of fun.

It's not art, it was never meant to be. The art here is Louis Jordan. I give him 10 stars.

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