A man is trapped inside a mysterious cube.


Jim Henson


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Schaal ... The Man in the Cube
Hugh Webster Hugh Webster ... Arnie
Rex Sevenoaks Rex Sevenoaks ... Manager
Jack Van Evera ... Prisoner
Jon Granik Jon Granik ... Straight Man / Sergeant (as Jon Granic)
Guy Sanvido Guy Sanvido ... Comic Fritz
Eliza Creighton Eliza Creighton ... Seductress
Don Crawford Don Crawford ... Black Militant
William Osler ... Scientist
Jerry Nelson ... Monk
Sandra Scott Sandra Scott ... Decorator
Claude Rae Claude Rae ... Dr. Conners
Don McGill Don McGill ... Professor
Ralph Endersby Ralph Endersby ... Guitarist
Trudy Young 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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Release Date:

23 February 1969 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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Henson Associates (HA) See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although this film completely lacks the puppets that are usually associated with Jim Henson, several scenes utilize cutting-edge (at the time) chromakey video compositing, one of the technologies which Henson would later use to allow his Muppets to accomplish the "impossible". 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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What a wonderful find.
25 April 2006 | by hivemindedSee all my reviews

I was recently at an obscure movie party some friends of mine held and got to see this rare little gem of a flick. I was very surprised to see it was produced, directed and co-written by Jim Henson as the film began, and thought that I was probably in for a treat. I was not wrong. This film says volumes in the 50 minutes or so that it runs and definitely leaves the viewer with something to ponder. The acting is also not bad and the film being black and white somehow makes it more impacting. This is Henson at his best in my opinion. I hope this film becomes more available and gets some of the attention it most definitely deserves. And to think this was a movie on television in 1969..

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