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Petey Wheatstraw (1977)

R  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  November 1977 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudy Ray Moore ...
Petey
Jimmy Lynch ...
Jimmy
Leroy Daniels ...
Leroy
Ernest Mayhand ...
Skillet
Ebony Wright ...
Nell / Devil's Daughter
Steve Gallon ...
Steve (as Wildman Steve)
G. Tito Shaw ...
Lucipher
Ted Clemmons ...
Ted
Marvin Jones ...
Scarface Willie
George Mireless ...
Mr. White
Bryan L. Roquemore ...
Larry
Clifford Roquemore II ...
Baby Petey
Brian Breye ...
Bantu
Rose Williams ...
Petey's Mother
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Petey's Father
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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 Ørnås

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Have No Fear, It's the Comedy Smash of the Year!

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In the closing credits , the martial arts performers are listed as "marshall arts performers". See more »

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Petey: I'm gonna get them silly son of a bitches. Let's make it.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Dolemite (2010) See more »

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Petey Wheatstraw
Written by Nat Dove and Mary Love
Performed by Mary Love
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An Absolute Classic!
30 May 2002 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

There is no other film quite like "Petey Wheatstraw". My friends and I love cheesy, weird little cult films and we've seen almost ALL of them in almost every genre - the black urban films that were churned out during the 1970's have some classics and some clunkers and Rudy Ray Moore is a fascinating movie "star". A nightclub comic who was famous forhis filthy "poems" - we had enjoyed his other films "Dolemite" and "Disco Godfather" but nothing prepared us for "Petey Wheatstraw" - from the absurd plotline to the garish costumes, the cheap sets, the great music, the bad acting and the awful, laughable fight scenes, this movie has everything!!! You just have to sit back with a beer, a drink, whatever floats your boat and take this thing on. You never can guess what oddity or strange turn of events are around the corner. Rudy Ray Moore, with his out of shape nightclub comic's body, struts around like he's the sexiest thing in the world and the street worn looking women in the film fling themselves at him. His "kung-fu" fighting has to be seen to be believed - my 95 year old grandpa could lift his leg higher!!


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