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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 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 with Jordan's presence in the classroom. Flames of romance with Annabelle are rekindled. But things start looking bleak: other alumni are all declining to help, and Ware has found out about the fundraising scheme and orders the Dean to resign immediately... The plot serves as a structure for about a dozen swing numbers by Jordan's group, with dancing by the Aristo-Genes Girls' Club.

Cast & Crew

Bud Pollard Director
Frank Wilson Professor Drury
Emory Richardson Dean Hargraves
Valerie Black Miss Annabelle Brown
Milton Woods Benjamin Ware, 3rd
Joseph Hilliard Harry, schoolboy
Tommy Hix Donald, schoolboy
Charles Johnson Robert, schoolboy
John Grant Joe, schoolboy
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York premiere: 14 Jun 1946
Release Date:  1946 Production Date:  LC
FEA 7578-83; EB*
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Astor Pictures Corp.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Astor Pictures Corp.
Duration(mins):  55 or 64 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  4,978    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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