All this talk of THE KNACK reminds me that Shadowplayer Alex Livingston just informed me of the sad passing of actor Donal Donnelly, who appeared in said film in the role of Tom.
“Nobody knew what to do with Tom, and I don’t think there was ever a solution. Fortunately Donal Donnelly, having played it on the stage, was comfortable enough just to be himself, which is a rather aimlessly charming Irish actor. [...] I think he managed to make the part survive only because of his charm. Because there really wasn’t any writing.” ~ Richard Lester.
Wish I’d seen more Donnelly — I know he worked for John Ford, and provides a fascinating, skeptical interview in Lindsay Anderson’s book on the Great Man. And then there’s THE GODFATHER PART III. And he’s momentously delightful in THE DEAD, John Huston’s last, as the embarrassingly drunken uncle. He will be missed.