NBC Experiment in Television: Season 3, Episode 3

The Cube (23 Feb. 1969)

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A man is trapped inside a mysterious cube.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Schaal ...
The Man in the Cube
Hugh Webster ...
Rex Sevenoaks ...
Jack Van Evera ...
Jon Granik ...
Straight Man / Sergeant (as Jon Granic)
Guy Sanvido ...
Comic Fritz
Eliza Creighton ...
Don Crawford ...
Black Militant
William Osler ...
Sandra Scott ...
Claude Rae ...
Dr. Conners
Don McGill ...
Ralph Endersby ...
Trudy Young ...
Liza 1


A man awakens inside a white cube, covered in a four-by-four grid. He has no memory of how he got there and there seems no way out. But as time passes, panels open temporarily to admit an intruder or onlooker. They pop back through their panels but bar the man from going through, pointing out "this is MY door; you'll have to find YOUR door." The intruders vary from individuals to a child on a tricycle and and a rock band. More and more people start to come into the cube, filling it up and this developes into a sort of cocktail party. A rock band comes through sometime during all of this, singing The Cube's theme song, "You'll never get out, you'll never get out, you'll never get out till you die." At one point the man sees himself, a double, and has a dialog with himself about how he has to find HIS way out. Is the man a prisoner? An inmate? Someone on a voluntary retreat? The stories change with each new visitor. Eventually, just as he succumbs to despair, a square panel clicks open.... Written by David E. Martin and friends

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23 February 1969 (USA)  »

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This film features the talents of two collaborators who would stay with Jim Henson for the next 20+ years: co-writer Jerry Juhl, who wrote or co-wrote most of the Muppet TV shows and films; and muppeteer Jerry Nelson, who plays the Monk. See more »


Professor: [clears throat] Excuse me, I know this is, well, a bad time but I just wanted to congratulate you and shake your hand.
The Man in the Cube: Oh? On what?
Professor: Well, as I interpret what you're doing here, this is all a very complex discussion of, eh, Reality versus Illusion. The perfect subject for the television medium!
The Man in the Cube: What do you mean, television?
Professor: Well, this is a television play.
The Man in the Cube: [scoffs] What?
Professor: Oh, you don't believe that?
The Man in the Cube: Of course not!
Professor: I should have thought you'd want to. After all, there's only one other possible ...
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Referenced in Cube (1997) See more »

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Pretty intense
11 October 2004 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this broadcast but could never find *any* information about it. I was delighted to finally come across this entry on IMDb. Since it was a short subject for television I just figured it slipped through the cracks. It would be truly amazing to get a copy of "The Cube" on DVD. This quest is much more challenging than tracking down copies of "The Lathe of Heaven" and "The Silent Twins".

Since this is a Jim Henson project it may actually see the light of day. I must have been about ten years old when I saw "The Cube". About the same time I saw my first PG movies, "The Dunwich Horror" and "Scream and Scream Again". I am not nostalgic, but all these films left an impression.

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