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
No one can eat fifty eggs.
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was first offered the role of Luke's mother, but refused the bit part. See more
Luke sings "Plastic Jesus," a folk song that wasn't written until 1957, well after the time period of the movie (approximately 1949). See more
Any man playing grabass or fightin' in the building spends a night in the box.
Written by Huddie Ledbetter (as Leadbelly
Performed by Harry Dean Stanton See more