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                                            Croquet On The Box
                                              By David Ellicott

   The sport of croquet in the cinema has yet to have it's "Tin Cup", it's "Longest Yard", or even it's
"Rocky". But it pops up in the odd film every now and then. Herein, a list of the most well-known
movies which have croquet scenes in them:

Savages, 1972: It demands to be first. The plot actually features croquet prominently, as a group of
primitive people chance upon a croquet ball rolling through their woods. They follow the source of the
ball back to an abandoned English estate with a croquet course set up. There, they assume the roles
of aristocracy as they pretend to be the inhabitants of the estate, following through the motions more or
less after some trial and error. This ends when they gather to finish the croquet game, after which they
give up all pretense and return to their woods to be savages. It is unclean whether this is done to make
a point about the savage nature of mankind or of croquet.

North by Northwest, 1959: The most famous. A brief shot of one of the villains playing solitaire croquet
is glimpsed in the beginning of the film.

Heathers, 1989: The most stylish. Here, croquet is played for it's status value by a ruling clique in this
teen black comedy. The movie quickly leaves croquet behind however, as all the principles begin killing
each other and themselves.

Alice in Wonderland, various remakes: Most whimsical. The croquet scene is interpreted more or less
as Lewis Carrol wrote it, most famously in the Disney version. Flamingo mallets, hedgehog balls, and
playing-card wickets!

Barry Lyndon, 1975: The least known. Stanley Kubrick had barely begun his career at this point, so this
is one of his lesser known works. The lead character plays croquet along the way to ascending the
heights of European high society in the 18th century, even teaching it to his son at one point. It is
speculated that the prominence of croquet in this film led Kubrick to famously replace the croquet
mallet with an ax when he translated Stephen King's novel "The Shining" to film for his next project.

Nosferatu, 1922: Most historic. Two of the characters are engaged in a croquet match, when they are
interrupted by the arrival of a letter. A minor plot point, so much so that it is cut from shorter versions.

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A Room with a View, 1985; Howard's End, 1991; The Remains of the Day, 1993: Most redundant.
James Ivory has turned croquet into his main background activity in his films, by which time it may be
certain that if a movie shows cultured people in period costumes whacking wooden balls around, it's
probably a James Ivory movie on it's way to an Oscar.

David Ellicott is a researcher and writer on croquet & has a website at
and which provides advice and information.

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                                     Origins Of The Pool Game
                                         By Gerald Njuguna

 Nobody really knows the origins of billiards. The common belief is that the game originated as a game
that was played outdoors which was a bit different from croquet that was played early in the 14th
century in France. Its said it became quite popular and when the cold weather did not allow the game
to be enjoyed outside, it moved indoors and was played on a table that was covered with green felt.

Do you know that when Mary, Queen of Scots, died, she was wrapped in a billiard cloth? Did you also
know that pool was the first sport to have a world championship game in 1873? Interesting huh

There are well know historical figures that loved the billiard game. These include King Louise X1V and
wife Marie Antoinette, Mozart, Abe Lincoln, Napoleon and George Washington among others.

Back then, billiard balls were made from ivory and were usually carved out from the center of an
elephant's tusk. The elephant tusks could only give you three to 4 billiard balls.

The pool game is said to have the highest average age among its players at about 35 yrs and also said
to be one of the safest game in the world

"Billiard" was coined from the French word "billart" that means mace. The mace was a stick with a
handle that started to be used with the game called croquet.

It was illegal

In its earliest history, the pool game was outlawed in certain. Its funny that the church in France
considered pool as immoral. In the nineteenth century in America, the word "pool" room was used to
mean a parlor room for horse race betting and was banned in a number of states in America.

Its said that Thomas Jefferson had a pool table that he hid in his home in Virginia. Nowadays, the
terms pool room and billiard room mean the same thing.

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