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The Bubble (1966)

PG | | Sci-Fi | 21 December 1966 (USA)
A couple encounter mysterious atmospheric effects in an airplane and find themselves in a town where people behave oddly. They eventually escape.


Arch Oboler


Arch Oboler


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Complete credited cast:
Michael Cole ... Mark
Deborah Walley ... Catherine
Johnny Desmond ... Tony Herric
Kassie McMahon Kassie McMahon ... Doctor
Barbara Eiler Barbara Eiler ... Nurse
Virginia Gregg ... Ticket Cashier
Vic Perrin Vic Perrin ... Taxi Driver (as Victor Perrin)
Olan Soule ... Watch Repairman
Chester Jones Chester Jones ... Newspaper Vendor


A couple encounter mysterious atmospheric effects in an airplane and find themselves in a town where people behave oddly. They eventually escape. Written by Fred Curtis <fred@cs.su.oz.au>

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The Picture Floats Off the Screen and Over Your Head! See more »










Release Date:

21 December 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantastic Invasion of Planet Earth See more »

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Technical Specs


| (re-issue) (1976)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



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Did You Know?


This was the first feature film shot in the Space-Vision 3D system which used a single strip over/under image format resulting in a 2.35:1 widescreen 3D image. See more »

Alternate Versions

About ten years later, this film was re-released in a edited and re-titled version. Approximately two reels of footage was removed and it was re-titled "Fantastic Invasion of Planet Earth." In the early 1980s, this edited and re-titled version was released again during the brief 3-D revival of that period. See more »

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A movie you can't get into -- so IT comes out to YOU!
21 December 2003 | by Bruce_CookSee all my reviews

[Also release as: "Fantastic Invasion of Planet Earth"]

Director Arch Oboler ("The Twonky") pioneered a new 3-D process called "Spacevision" which used polarized glasses to separate the right-and-left images for the audience. The 3-D effect works remarkable well, especially in a scene involving a serving tray which floats out of the screen and (apparently) right up to the viewer's face.

Oboler obviously made "The Bubble" just to show off "Spacevision"; the plot is practically nonexistent, and the film is littered with scenes that poke objects out of the screen at the audience. In Deborah Walley's first scene, she holds her arms out to the audience and exclaims "Darling!" to husband Michael Cole.

The token plot is about a small town which alien invaders have isolated inside a spherical force field (the bubble of the title). A small plane piloted by Johnny Desmond and carrying newlyweds Michael and Deborah is forced to land during a storm, and the trio end up trapped in the town. The town's citizens act like broken robots, repeating routine tasks over and over, oblivious to everything around them. Olan Soule has a small role as one of the automaton Earthlings. The alleged alien invaders are never shown.

Music by Paul Sawtell and Bert Schefter (the team which provided mucic for "It! The Terror from Beyond Space" and many other 1950s classics). Arch Oboler served as producer, screenwriter, and director -- so he has nobody to blame but himself.

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