Beware (film)

Beware is a 1946 American race film directed by Bud Pollard, and released by Astor Pictures. The film is also known as Beware! (American poster title).

1946 theatrical poster
Directed byBud Pollard
Produced byBud Pollard
Berle Adams (producers)
Written byJohn E. Gordon (story)
StarringSee below
CinematographyDon Malkames
Edited byBud Pollard
Distributed byAstor Pictures
Release date
3 July 1946
Running time
54 minutes
CountryUnited States

Plot summary

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.

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 through 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.


  • Louis Jordan as Lucius Brokenshire "Louis" Jordan
  • Frank H. Wilson as Prof. Drury
  • Emory Richardson as Dean Hargreaves
  • Valerie Black as Annabelle Brown
  • Milton Woods as Benjamin Ware III
  • Joseph Hiliard as Harry Jones (student)
  • Tommy Hix as Donald (student)
  • Charles Johnson
  • John Frant as Joe
  • Ernest Calloway as Man in train station
  • Dimples Daniels as Long-legged Lizzie dancer
  • and "The Aristo-Genes" Girls Club


  • "Look Up! Look Out! Look Sweet! the Maestro With a Beat"


  • "Beware, Brother, Beware"
  • "Long Legged Lizzie"
  • "You've Got To Have a Beat"
  • Louis Jordan and his orchestra - "Salt Pork, West Virginia" (Written by William Tennsyon Jr.)
  • Louis Jordan and his orchestra - "Don't Worry 'Bout That Mule" (Written by William Davis and Charles Stewart)
  • "The Land of the Buffalo Nickel"
  • "Good Morning Heartache"
  • "How Long Must I Wait"
  • Performed by Louis Jordan and his orchestra - "Old Fashion Passion" (Written by Claude Demetrius)

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