Professor Duncan’s Collies

Professor Duncan’s Collies was an act which appeared at the Hippodrome 18 times over a 55-year span (1900 – 1955), appearing on variety bills alongside big names such as Harry Houdini and Judy Garland. The act included the collies skipping, somersaulting, leapfrogging and dancing to bagpipes played by their trainers. Their finale involved the dogs acting out a tragic scene either involving a car crash or a rescue from a burning building. In both scenes, at least one dog would ‘die’ from either their injuries or due to shock, and their grief-stricken widow would fall to her knees at his side.