They Shoot Horses, Don't They

Tags:  crime-fiction
This story follows Robert Syverton and Gloria Beatty, a pair of young people struggling to survive as extras in depression-era Hollywood. A day or so after meeting, they enter a dance marathon, partly in hopes of winning the $1000 prize, and partly for the promise of free food, which they get as long as they continue dancing. The marathon lasts for several weeks, with the couples dancing round the clock, getting only a ten-minute break every two hours.
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