Petey Wheatstraw (1979)

When Petey Wheatstraw (Rudy Ray Moore) was born — during a hurricane, no less — he emerged as a six-year-old talking child that beat up his doctor and then his father for keeping him awake all night. Then, his mama put him in his place and gave him his name.

Yep — The Exorcist has now met its match. And its match is the man who made Dolemite.

After being beaten by a gang, Petey was trained in the arts of kung fu and self respect, taking a vow to never bow to any man, living or dead. He grows up to become a nightclub comedian — just like Rudy Ray Moore — but two rivals kill his best friend’s son and then machine gun everyone at the funeral.

Lou Cipher — eight years before Angel Heart — offers Petey a deal. If he marries his daughter, he and his friends can come back to life and get revenge. Petey agrees and uses Satan’s pimp cane to get back against those that did him wrong. But can he get out of a deal with the devil?

The comedians who kill Petey are Skillet (Ernest Mayhand) and Leroy Daniels. They were a real comedy team who started out on the chitlin’ circuit all the way back in the 1940’s, where they worked with Redd Foxx and LaWanda Page. They also made appearances on Foxx’s show Sanford and Son.

How can you not love a movie that lists stuntmen as marshall arts performers in the credits?

You can watch this on Tubi.

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