For those who are interested in tracking down clips of footage of Bar Billiards being played on TV or in films, then i may have stumbled on a little nugget. My parents went to the Duke of York theatre for a nostalgia fulled theme-night, the theme of the films being the old "B" movies they used to show before the main feature in cinemas. Well, the first film was called "To The Public Danger" from 1948 and the main focus of the film is about the perils of drink-driving (nothing changes it seems). What really caught my parents attention is that for a large swathe of the film, the protagonists are all in a pub and are extensivley playing Bar Billiards (whilst presumably getting intoxicated), my mother asking my step-dad "is that the game Richard plays" Tracking down a review, one person remarks that they can't fathom "the really weird game with holes and mushrooms" that the cast are playing, confirming that they seem to be playing on-screen for some time. I have not seen it myself and have no idea if there is anyway of getting any footage of it (presumably b movies from 1948 are not high on the list of things to put onto DVD) but even my Mother was drawn to comment on the screen time it takes up. Anyway, just thought i would mention it for those who are interested in memorabillia on the game. Hope this dosen't prove to be a red herring.
Guns at Batasi (1964) with Richard Attenborough and Jack Hawkins is set in an African country. Richard Attenborough plays a Regimental Sergeant-Major when a coup d'etat starts. The main action of the film is in the Sgt Mess were a Bar Billiards table is set up. The odd thing is that whilst you only see one or two shots being played the balls keep moving around the table between camera shots and the pegs sometimes have been placed in unusual positions.
Life is like a sewer, what you get out of it depends upon what you put into it. (Tom Lehrer)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9PV-smPTds a youtube link to 'guns at batasi'. watched it years ago and still can't get the bawdy song they sang in the mess at the piano out of my head all these years later! 4-pin