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They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Drama exploring the desperation of couples competing in a Hollywood dance marathon during the Depression. Stars Susannah York and Gig Young.

Drama based on Horace McCoy's novel exploring the desperation of couples competing in one of Hollywood's dance marathons in the Depression years. Everyone's reason for participating is simple - three meals a day and a chance to win the 1,500 dollar prize. The marathon becomes a microcosm of life with its myriad subplots and characters' lives intertwining. Gig Young won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

2 hours, 9 minutes

Last on

Sun 12 Jan 2014 00:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Lynn Willis

    Easy Come, Easy Go

  • Victor Young

    Sweet Sue, Just You

  • Nacio Herb Brown


  • Carmen Lombardo


    Composer: Johnny Green.
  • Richard A. Whiting

    The Japanese Sandman

  • Harry Carroll

    By the Beautiful Sea

  • Jacques Offenbach


  • Harold Arlen

    Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

  • Bonnie Bedelia

    The Best Things in Life Are Free

  • Johnny Green

    Body and Soul

  • Jay Gorney

    Brother Can You Spare a Dime

  • Johnny Green

    I Cover the Waterfront

    Performer: Lynn Willis.
  • Harry Warren

    I Found a Million Dollar Baby

  • Johnny Green

    Out of Nowhere

  • Joseph Meyer

    California, Here I Come

  • Johnny Green

    I'm Yours

  • Pop Goes the Weasel

  • Edmund Louis Gruber

    Caisson Song (The Caissons Go Rolling Along)

  • George Gershwin

    I Got Rhythm

  • Richard A. Whiting

    Till We Meet Again


Role Contributor
Gloria Jane Fonda
Robert Michael Sarrazin
Alice Susannah York
Rocky Gig Young
Sailor Red Buttons
Ruby Bonnie Bedelia
Director Sydney Pollack
Rollo Michael Conrad
James Bruce Dern
Turkey Al Lewis
Joel Robert Fields
Writer James Poe
Writer Robert E Thompson
Producer Robert Chartoff
Producer Irwin Winkler