DAY OF THE LOCUST, like the powerful and incisive Nathanael West novel on which it is based, focuses on the seamy side of the city of dreams in its 1930s heyday--the subculture of losers, misfits, and neurotic fringe characters. Black is a sexy untalented aspiring actress who lives with
her father, Meredith, a former vaudevillian, now a down on his luck door-to-door saleman. Recognizing her limited prospects, Black becomes a regular on the casting couch of producers in the hope that she'll rise above her usual walk-ons. She still has dreams of fame and legitimacy. Despite her
dubious character, Atherton, an altruistic art director, falls for her but she gives him t...