Runtime: 92 min
America in the 30's was a Free Country. Bertha was
jes' a little bit free'er than most.
Summary: Bertha is left on her own after
her father dies in a aeroplane accident, and links
up with controversial leader of the union, Big Bill
Shelley, in depression-era America. On the run from
McCarthy-ite witch-hunters who think Shelley is a
'red', they unwillingly become involved in underground
crime, escape from jail, and ride boxcars on freight
trains until the all-powerful railroad company catch
up with Shelley and take their revenge.
was Martin Scorsese's second full-length feature film
and it is a decent one. It's about a young girl in
the 1930's who meets and falls in love with a union
organizer, who also happens to be a thief. Together,
they form a small gang and begin robbing trains as
well as anything else they can get their hands on.
The fun soon turns to fright when they become fugitives
and are hunted down by law enforcement officers. There's
action and entertainment but not a movie that you
would expect from Martin Scorsese. It has none of
his trade marks whatsoever. But do realize that this
was one of his first films and try to respect that.
Barbara Hershey .... 'Boxcar' Bertha Thompson
David Carradine .... 'Big' Bill Shelly
Barry Primus .... Rake Brown
Bernie Casey .... Von Morton
John Carradine .... H. Buckram Sartoris
Victor Argo .... McIver #1
David Osterhout .... McIver #2 (as David R. Osterhout)
Grahame Pratt .... Emeric Pressburger
'Chicken' Holleman .... M. Powell
Harry Northup .... Harvey Hall
Ann Morell .... Tillie Parr
Marianne Dole .... Mrs. Mailler
Joe Reynolds .... Joe Cox
Barbara Hershey laying on her back in the hay and kissing
a guy while topless.