Lolita at Lolita's Classics, a long-standing supporter of the Council, has honoured us with the One Lovely Blog Award.
The rules state that in order to accept the award, the recipient must
a) name the person that gave it to them,
b) post a photograph of themselves driving a tractor in a pinstripe suit,
and c) pass on the award to other deserving sites, letting their authors know that they have been chosen.
It is only fair to point out that as far as passing awards on goes, I have been known to be the kiss of death. When I got a Splash Award over at Movietone News, I passed it on to this man in a cute bow-tie for his fascinating blog Laurel or Hardy. That was back in April and the poor sod has never posted since.
So, with the utmost concern for the productivity of my chosen recipients, and, as this is a Marx Brothers blog, with a focus squarely on vintage comedy, I hereby pass the One Lovely Blog Award on to the following.
Firstly, of course, to my fellow Marxian David, over at The Marx Brothers. Here, as I'm sure you all already know, you will find a wealth of speculation, anecdote and oddity, as well as photographs of Marx figurines stood next to small plastic ducks. David also has a site called Lugubrious Drollery that is likewise much to be recommended; I particularly liked the sausage-shaped lorries and the photograph of the small plastic rooster illuminated by a flashlight. Have a Lovely Blog Award, David!
As to other comedy blogs, I found, alas, no really good websites on WC Fields, The Ritz Brothers, Bob Hope or Betty Boop, but anyone who salutes El Brendel deserves a rousing cheer back, so my second award goes to Louie at Give Me The Good Old Days!, a feast of all things vintage and cinematic, with a special recurring emphasis on everybody's favourite synthetic Swede. Have a Lovely Blog Award, Louie!
Gong number 3 goes to this lovely Chaplin site which is written in Spanish, but click on the Google Translate button and you'll get an English approximation every bit as funny as The Immigrant. Lots of nice stuff on the films, plus the author photoshopped to look like Adenoid Hynkel and the theme from Limelight played on panpipes. Have a lovely Blog Award, Ruben!