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Petey Wheatstraw (1977)

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


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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Release Date:

November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Petey Wheatstraw, the Devil's Son-In-Law  »

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Did You Know?


Ernest Mayhand and Leroy Daniels' also play characters named Skillet and Leroy in Sanford and Son (1972). See more »


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


Petey: I'm gonna get them silly son of a bitches. Let's make it.
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Referenced in The Legend of Dolemite (1994) See more »


Petey Wheatstraw
Written by Nat Dove and Mary Love
Performed by Mary Love
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An Absolute Classic!
30 May 2002 | by 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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