Luke Jackson is a cool, gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang, who, while refusing to buckle under to authority, keeps escaping and being recaptured. The prisoners admire Luke because, as Dragline explains it, "You're an original, that's what you are!" Nevertheless, the camp staff actively works to crush Luke until he finally breaks. Written by
On the chain gang, they'd seen every kind of man...but Luke became a legend.
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Did You Know?
A Southern prison camp was built for this movie just north of Stockton, California. A dozen buildings were constructed, including a barracks, mess hall, warden's quarters, guard shack, and dog kennels. See more
While Luke's mother is smoking a cigarette, it gets smaller when the camera switches angles. See more
Captain, Road Prison 36
You run one time, you got yourself a set of chains. You run twice you got yourself two sets. You ain't gonna need no third set, 'cause you gonna get your mind right.
Written by Ed Rush
and George Cromarty
Performed by Paul Newman See more