The term "bottle movie" is borrowed from the "ship in a bottle" metaphor. Much like a ship caught in a bottle, the characters in these films are seemingly locked in one place. And it's no secret that many of these films are based upon hit stage plays where changing settings even once is a difficult task to achieve.
Long before Samantha and Darrin, there were Gillian and Shep. Bell, Book and Candle (1958) is a romantic comedy directed by Richard Quine and is based on the successful Broadway play by John Van Druten. The film stars Kim Novak as the brash, sexy siren Gillian Holroyd. Jimmy Stewart plays the mild-mannered upstairs neighbor, Shep Henderson, lured in by her spell. Blithely seducing Shep away from an old college nemesis, Gillian finds herself caught in a web of her own making.