Petey Wheatstraw (Rudy Ray Moore) is a candidate to become the devil's son-in-law. The storyline is a scaffolding on which Rudy Ray Moore's standup humor can be unfolded. Beginning life as ...
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Rudy Ray Moore,
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Wilbur 'Hi-Fi' White,
Leon Isaac Kennedy,
Petey Wheatstraw (Rudy Ray Moore) is a candidate to become the devil's son-in-law. The storyline is a scaffolding on which Rudy Ray Moore's standup humor can be unfolded. Beginning life as the afterbirth to a watermelon, the young Wheatstraw becomes a martial artist, but is unable to best the evil comedy team of Leroy and Skillet, who also indulge in wholesale murder. Satan restores the comedians' victims to life, and charges Petey with the task of marrying his clock-stoppingly ugly daughter to giving him a grandchild. When Petey attempts to default on the deal, he is pursued by the devil's henchmen. Written by
In "The Last Picture Show," a character says "I guess if it wasn't for (so-and-so), I'd have missed it, whatever it is." Well, I've found what "it" is for me. "It" is "Petey Wheatstraw, the Devil's Son-In-Law." This 1978 low-budget blaxploitation movie stars Rudy Ray Moore as a comedian who cuts a deal with the devil (to marry his daughter...though he hates the idea) in order save his life and get revenge on those who killed him. As a child in South Central, Petey is taken in by some old black dude (all the good guys are), who trains him in kung-fu in his backyard. He grows up and is a greatly successful comedian, but his up-coming gig threatens to take away potential sales from two fat guys up-coming show. These guys had cut an investment deal with Mr. White (guess what race he is?) and his henchmen, who threaten to kill them if the show is a flop. So, they want to kill Petey. This movie is so hard to put your finger on...I couldn't tell if some of the scenes were un-intentionally funny, intentionally funny, or intended to seem un-intentionally funny. But what's important is, it's a kung-fu ghetto movie with actors who obviously no almost nothing about martial arts, Petey wear's fly outfits and goes around the hood helping people with his magic pimp cane, it's got a great soundtrack, consisting mainly of a standard funk beat with two or three women singing the words "Petey Wheatstraw" over and over, and Petey uses Dr. Seuss-like rhymes as he battles his foes. This movie has opened up a whole new world for me. I just might impulse-buy this and Rudy Ray Moore's similar films from the same era: "Dolemite," it's sequel, "The Human Tornado," and "Disco Godfather." Wow. Just wow.
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