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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Jordan ... Lucius Brokenshire 'Louis' Jordan
Frank H. Wilson Frank H. 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
Wild Bill Davis ... Tympany Band Pianist
Joshua W. Jackson Joshua W. Jackson ... Tympany Band Second Sax
Aaron Izenhall Aaron Izenhall ... Tympany Band Trumpeter


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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Worth Watching for the Music
17 February 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Beware (1946)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Ware College, a historically black college, receives a notice that the new owner is about to close it down. The school doesn't have the greatest attendance anymore and the new owner just doesn't care about its history. Thankfully Louis Jordan and his band stop in the town.

BEWARE runs just under a hour and I must say that it's one of the better race movies from this period. If you're looking for a good story or some heart-warming type of movie then you certainly won't find it here. I say that because there's really not much of a story here and the entire college thing is just a set-up for Jordan whose music is certainly the main focus of the picture.

At just under a hour there's really not much here. The greatest thing about the movie is certainly the music by Jordan who performs a lot of different songs. If you're never heard of Jordan before then the film will at least give you a chance to hear some great Jazz music. This here alone is what makes BEWARE worth watching and the music is great enough to where anyone should want to check it out.

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