Time To Celebrate Cult Movie Queen Barbara Hershey’s Martin Scorsese Film!
Martin Scorsese has directed some of my favorite films of all time: “Taxi Driver”, “The King Of Comedy” and “Goodfellas” among them – but like many other acclaimed Directors, he got his start by making exploitation films – classic “B” movies with sexy, empowered women!
Legendary Director Martin Scorsese directed an early 70’s drive-in exploitation classic, “Boxcar Bertha”, starring the iconic Actress Barbara Hershey!
70’s Sex Kitten Barbara Hershey!
Barbara Hershey was one of Hollywood’s most popular sex kittens in the early 70’s, and “Boxcar Bertha” may just be her masterpiece!
Here is the trailer:
Here is how IMDB describes “Boxcar Bertha”:
‘Boxcar’ Bertha Thompson, a woman labor organizer in Arkansas during the violence-filled Depression of the early ’30’s, meets up with rabble-rousing union man ‘Big’ Bill Shelly, played by David Carradine.
The duo team up to fight the corrupt railroad establishment – leading Bertha to team up with his gang and a life of crime…
Directed By Martin Scorsese!
Early in his career, Scorsese directed “Bertha” for legendary exploitation Producer Roger Corman. The Director mixed his love of stylish action with a great sense of humor and “B” movie sensibility!
The film has all of the requisite sex, nudity and violence expected of a great drive-in film.
It was, however, to be Scorsese’s last drive-in movie!
Even though the film got good reviews, the Director was given some very sage advice from one of his mentors…
According to IMDB, Martin Scorsese screened the film for Director/Actor John Cassavetes. Cassavetes hugged him and said:
“Marty, you’ve just spent a whole year of your life making a piece of shit. It’s a good picture, but you’re better than the people who make this kind of movie.”
Scorsese must have taken his advice, because his next film was his classic “Mean Streets”!
Barbara Hershey Bares All For Playboy!
Imagine this happening today! To help promote the film, Hershey and Carradine did a nude photo spread for Playboy!
Can you imagine two stars doing this to promote a film today?
“Boxcar Bertha” is a drive-in classic, and was just one example of A-list talent who got their start in cult cinema:
Sissy Spacek made a revealing movie debut in the gritty action gem called “Prime Cut” – click here to see more of her provocative scenes in the film:
Perhaps the most provocative Actress alive is Helen Mirren – an Oscar winner who also revealed all for her roles:
Click here to see her most provocative roles:
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And kudos to Scorsese, Hershey and Carradine for the fun classic slice of depression-era sexploitation that is “Boxcar Bertha!”