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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In the "road-tarring" sequence, the actors actually blacktopped a mile-long stretch of highway for the county. See more
Dog Boy fills Luke's plate with more food than Luke can eat, saying gleefully that Luke will be punished for not cleaning his plate by spending the night in the box. However, as punishment for his escape attempts, Luke is already being made to spend every night in the box. See more
Ya know, sometimes I wished people was like dogs, Luke.
Referenced in Night Court: Educating Rhoda
Written by Huddie Ledbetter (as Leadbelly
Performed by Harry Dean Stanton See more