Monday, October 20, 2008

Rudy Ray Moore, R.I.P.

I'm ending today's round of posts on a sad note. Comic/poet/Blaxplotation king Rudy Ray Moore has passed. You may not know his real name, but folks from the Seventies knew him best as the Ever Lovin' Dolemite from the same named movie in 1974. I think he may have been one of the few, if the only best/worst action hero ever. The fight scenes in Dolemite were the cheesiest ever done, but you gotta hand it to a man who could "tell Friday not to hurry Saturday for Sunday". This man was badassed and so is the trailer, which of course is NOT SAFE FOR KIDS, WORK, OR STUCK UP WUSSIES.

Years ago, my friend Bobby Ruggerio and I sat down on a Saturday and had a Rudy Ray double feature where we saw "Disco Godfather" and the following film, "The Legend of Petey Wheatstraw" about a man who became the son-in-law of The Devil. I can't really describe the movie not because Bobby and I got drunk as hell watching it, but you just can't explain it. Just watch this scene and you'll understand. It's safe for work, but it has some weird looking guys made up as devils in leotards, so look out for that.

Finally, here's the bit that Rudy will be forever known for nthat he made famous in his chitlin' circuit days and beyond, The Signifyin' Monkey (not safe for work again). Have a laugh and remember that before Sam Jackson, there was no one more badder on movie screens Than Mister Rudy Ray Moore. Signify!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the clips. I haven't revisited Dolemite in years and ol' Rudy Ray was a frickin' GENIUS!