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In the midst of the Great Depression, manipulative emcee Rocky (Gig Young) enlists contestants for a dance marathon offering a $1,500 cash prize. Among them are a failed actress (Jane Fonda), a middle-aged sailor (Red Buttons), a delusional blonde (Susannah York) and a pregnant girl (Bonnie Bedelia). Days turn into weeks as the competition drags on and people either drop out or expire. Rocky, however, will do anything for publicity and initiates a series of grueling derbies.
Cast and crew
James Poe, Robert E Thompson
Gig Young Red Buttons Michael Sarrazin Michael Conrad Severn Darden Jane Fonda Allyn Ann McLerie Susannah York Bruce Dern Bonnie Bedelia