The World Ten Times Over

World ten Times Over Title Card

Released 31 October 1963

BILLA and GINNIE are two single young women, sharing a London flat and working as night club hostesses in a Soho gentleman’s club. 

The emotionally fragile Ginnie has the chance to leave this life behind, as BOB SHELBOURNE, rich and cossetted son of a business magnate, offers to leave his wife and marry her, while BILLA has a different man in her life – her school teacher father, up to visit London for the day and determined to take his daughter home, away from a life he views as immoral. 

To complicate matters, Billa is pregnant and wonders how she could possibly cope without her friend.​

June Ritchie as Cynthia in 'The Mouse on the Moon'

The photograph of Ginnie which Billa looks at longingly at the start of the movie is actually a publicity still from the comedy movie THE MOUSE ON THE MOON, in which June Ritchie had starred earlier in the year.

Programme Notes

Although it was toned down for fear of the censors, the original intention was for the lesbian subtext between Ginnie and Billa to be strengthened and made more overt at the end of the film.  

Sylvia Syms said of the characters’ relationship:

‘[a]s far as I was concerned my character was in love with June Ritchie [. . .] but in those days one could only suggest lesbianism.’

(quoted in Stephen Bourne, Brief Encounters: Lesbians and Gays in British Cinema, 1930-1971)

 
 

Novelisation

The movie was novelised by John Burke for Pan Books, with Ritchie and Sim on the front cover, and Ritchie and Judd on the rear..​

World Ten times Over Novelisation Front Cover
World Ten times Over Novelisation Back Cover

Press Cuttings

Article on The World Ten Times Over
Article on The World Ten Times Over
Filming 'The World Ten Times Over' - Daily Mirror, 18th February 1963
(with thanks to Martin Randle for this clipping)

J-June doesn’t dig this kind of l-living…

 

Blimey, mate, it’s enough to give a girl the d-d-dithers!
 
Film star June Ritchie (left) has a laugh and a ch-ch-chatter with a workman as she tries her hand with a pneumatic drill.
 
It happened in London, where she is working on her latest film ‘The World Ten Times Over’.
 
June shot to fame in her first film,’A Kind of Loving’.
 
Her spot of road work was a laugh, but she really didn’t dig that kind of l-living…
June Ritchie with director Wolf Rilla and cinematographer Larry Pizer
June Ritchie with director Wolf Rilla and cinematographer Larry Pizer
Wolf Rilla,Sylvia Si and June Ritchie on location in Marylebone
Wolf Rilla, Sylvia Sim and June Ritchie on location in Marylebone
On location for World Ten Times Over
On location for World Ten Times Over
Producer Michael Luke, June RItchie, Edward Judd and Sylvia Sim with the director
Producer Michael Luke, June RItchie, Edward Judd and Sylvia Sim with the director

Foreign Editions

Pussycat Alley (USA)
Pussycat Alley (USA)
Le donne del mondo di notte (Italy)

Trivia

The official tie-in product for the movie was Harp Lager, a recently launched UK version of the then fashionable European lagers.

Promotional Artwork

Lobby Card for The World Ten Times Over    Advert for The World Ten Times Over

Cast

June Ritchie

1938-

Sylvia Syms

1934-

Edward Judd

1932-2009

Edward Judd

Bob Shelbourne
William Hartnell

1908-1975