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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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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?


Originally the film was released with a running time of 112 minutes but several notable critics denounced the slow pacing so, in 1968, director Arch Oboler cut the movie to 91 minutes. Unfortunately, the edits were made directly to the original camera negative and the footage was discarded. No prints of the 112 minute version are known to exist. 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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Tedious movie but great fun in 3D
14 May 2015 | by billoneil2See all my reviews

My beloved grandmother took me to see this movie at the theater. She was well into her 70s at the time and pretty fed up with movies but she (and I) had fun with this one.

The movie is very slow paced and tedious. One early line from the male lead got a big laugh in the theater: When his wife is in labor (in a plane I think) and about to give birth, he desperately asks her, "can't you hold it in?" What I really remember is the 3D. Even Grandma was amazed, excited and laughing like a kid (along with everyone else in the theater) at the way things really came out of the screen at you. At one point, a tray of beer glasses floats off the bar and into the audience, very slowly. It gets closer and closer until it looks like you could touch it if you stood up and reached over. Many people in the theater did just that (myself included).

What fun. Great memories of a very happy afternoon. Thanks, Grandma :-)

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