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.
User Reviews: Petey Wheatstraw (1978) marks the end of Rudy Ray Moore’s great run at independent film making. The 70’s were about to end along with the great era of self produced films. The big movie companies were about to crush the small market studios once and for all.
Enough soapboxing on with my behalf, let’s get on with the brief review. Rudy Ray Moore plays a signifying performer who some how manages to get mixed up with the Devil’s personal affairs. He makes a deal with old Lucipher (watch the film to get that joke) and tries to welsh on his end of the deal. This film is flat out funny. Loosely based upon one of his stand up skits (Dolemite and the Human Tornado were also based on stand up routines)and technically sound (for a low budget production) Petey Wheatstraw is a must watch.
I highly recommend this film.