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Buying A Horse

Comedy Sketch featuring a pantomime horse

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A comedy extract from a cinemagazine featuring the music hall comedians Power and Bendon. The duo go to buy a horse and out of a line up they decide upon a pantomine horse who creates mischief. Power and Bendon often performed at the Princesses Theatre, Glasgow (now the Citizens Theatre).

Questions & Activities


  • Why is this sketch funny?
  • What type of comedy do you think this is?
  • Why do think this film was made?
  • What are the main types of comic characters?
  • Do you think the RSPCA should be called?


Media Studies / Music / English: Add your own comedy soundtrack to this film and see if it alters your viewing of the film. Spot when the Pantomime horse first appears.

Art and Design / Drama / Media Studies: Make your own pantomime horse or other pantomime animal and recreate and film the sketch.

History / Drama: Research slap-stick comedy - what modern day comedians can you think of that use this method of comedy?

History / Drama: Where does the tradition pantomime horse come from and can you name other animals in pantomimes?

History / Drama / Media Studies: Power and Bendon were a famous comedy duo. Find out who the modern equivalents would be.

Media Studies: What would be the purpose of them making this film? Add a voice-over to promote Power and Bendon's upcoming Pantomime.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-111-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0719
Date 1922
Genre Cine Magazine
School Subject Drama, Expressive Arts, Media Studies, Art and Design, English, History
Who Green's Film Service (Production Company)
Where Glasgow
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 2:26
Film Length 02:26