Even with a busy weekend ahead of me, I thought I’d keep my writing juices going by adding another tune I’ve been meaning to add to “Allison’s Jukebox.” And it’s a relatively recent addition, I must admit. The inspiration for this entry came from the podcast Crybabies, where guests talk about the things that make them cry. The guests’ admissions about what activates their waterworks makes Crybabies a pretty candid show (and, yes, tissues are available in the studio during recording).
One episode of Crybabies from September of last year featured the actress Shannon Woodward, whose list of “crying cues” included a scene near the end of the film My Girl 2. If you’ve seen that film, or at least read the plot synopsis at the link I just posted there, you’re probably familiar with the scene and the song that’s included. “Smile” had its roots in another movie long before My Girl 2 or even the original My Girl was conceived: Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 silent classic Modern Times. That movie’s own final scene features Chaplin, in his tramp persona, sitting on the side of a highway alongside the film’s gamine, Ellen (played by Paulette Goddard). The two are… well, rather than let me describe it to you, look and listen for yourself. Listen especially.