“Smile, tho’ your heart is aching. Smile, even though it’s breaking.”

Charlie Chaplin

I have recently revisited my old obsession with the great Charlie Chaplin. Often known as the “Founder of Hollywood”, Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin became one of the world’s most famous actor/directors during the “Silent era”.

Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in “The Kid”

His films brought comic relief and laughter to a world being torn apart by war, but it is safe to say that his works are just as inspiring and influential in society today.

He was married four times, Oona Chaplin being the last, and the mother of 8 of his 11 children. His family has gone on to play a very prominent role in the entertainment industry. Locally, the Locnville brothers have brought the family back into the current spotlight. Brian and Andrew Chaplin, American born, spent their childhood in South Africa and have now broken into the music industry.  (Their great grandfather is the brother of Charlie Chaplin’s father) They have a very unique sound that could not possibly be confined to a genre, but I believe will have a very commercial appeal.


Charlie Chaplin passed away in his sleep on Christmas day of 1977 (age 88), and was laid to rest at the Corsier-Sur-Vevay Cemetery in Switzerland, to be joined 14 years later by his last wife, Oona Chaplin. In 1978 his body was stolen from the grave in an attempt to extort the family for money. The thieves were caught 11 days later and the body was returned to the grave.

Most people don’t know this, but Charlie composed the song “Smile” for his 1936 film Modern Times. The lyrics were later penned by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons. The song was never sung by Chaplin, but has been covered by many artists over the years, the most popular of them being Nat King Cole (See below).  It’s a beautiful song, and listening to it, you can’t help but smile.

“A day without laughter, is a day wasted” – Charlie Chaplin



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27 responses to ““Smile, tho’ your heart is aching. Smile, even though it’s breaking.”

  1. Ari

    Locnville = Best. Band. EVER.

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  7. raita

    charlie chaplin is a little cuti!!!

  8. Contagious smiles make endless days worth the while…

  9. melissa

    i cant belive he died

  10. Cherise Roget

    I feel at home when I hear this song… a beautiful version of the song… may he rest in peace…

  11. lol

    he es know sweet

  12. Great post, he sure was a special character. God Bless him.

  13. Um dos maiores mitos de todos os tempos. A maior estrela do cinema mudo. Ele é o rei do riso, grande Charlie chaplin!

  14. Essa musica foi feita exclusivamente para mim, quando Charlie fez ela, ele pensou anos luzes a frente de seus tempos… e me dedicou… obrigado Charlie… o homem não deixa de viver quando morre, mas quando deixa de AMAR. ESSA É A MAIS PURA VERDADE…
    Te amo Charles Chaplin .

  15. Um artista nota 1000, a cena do beijo na criança é fascinante, não existirá outro igual, se existir, estaremos esperando com ansiedade e amor, que deus de o descanso eterno, com certeza já o deu. Um artista à frente dos seus tempos. Happy BIRTDAY TO YOU CHARLES CHAPLIN!?!!?.

  16. Fluffy McTiger

    It looks like you are shooting yourself in the head, and that blood and confetti is spraying out. Your expression is very comical, for someone who does not have a life and thinks that being animated and cute on their blog is a “life.” You do not really like all the stuff you say, you just like standing out. But I am not here to hate on you. Your blog is very successful, and I almost envy you. Almost. ^_^

    -Fluffy McTiger

    • I’m always amazed at how internet-provided anonymity gives people the courage to say things they would probably never have the balls to actually say to a persons face. Surely only people I actually know personally could make judgments such as yours? Luckily, you are but a tiny weed in a garden full of lovely comments and positive thoughts. However, I thank you for adding to my blog page-views and for the free psychoanalysis session. I’m afraid I’ve decided to discard your other messages, as I don’t appreciate the way in which you reply to the other well-meaning readers. I almost envy your honesty though. Almost.

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