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Scene 118 - 120. — cut. INT. A SALON AT THE ROYAL PAVILION AT BRIGHTON.

Cut Scenes from “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” —Page Seven

Another scene which played at the halfway point of On A Clear Day involved a flashback in which Melinda had tea with several ladies at the Royal Pavilion. In the scene, Mrs. Fitzherbert told Melinda that the King wished to Knight Robert Tentrees.

Mrs. Fitzherbert and friends

Note on photos, above: The behind-the-scenes shots show Minnelli (on right) directing Streisand (on left). Note that Streisand is wearing the same costume that she does in the Herford Club scene (in which Melinda wins money playing roulette).

118. INT. THE SALON - ROYAL PAVILLION - CHEZ MRS. FITZHERBERT

Four or five ladies are having tea with Mrs. Fitzherbert, including Melinda.

DAISY
What does his Highness think of Napoleon?

MRS. FITZHERBERT
His Highness thinks that fundamentally he is a small man.

LADY ONE
I'm told he is.

LADY TWO
Rumors! Rumors!

LADY ONE
One hears so much that is false these days.

LADY TWO
Are all rumors untrue?

DAISY
No. Only the ones worth repeating.

MRS. FITZHERBERT
(Laughing)
I must tell that to His Highness. He adores cynicism.

DAISY
Some rumors are delightful. I heard for example that His Highness is considering making Robert a peer.

LADY ONE
Out of a hat?

There is general laughter.

MRS. FITZHERBERT
Now there is a rumor that is true.

DAISY
(Ecstatic)
Sir Robert Tentrees! Mrs. Fitzherbert, how generous of His Highness!

frame of Fitzherbert scene

At the end of the scene with Mrs. Fitzherbert, Melinda was summoned from tea by the maid.

Mrs Fitzherbert and Melinda

Outside, a young man delivered a message to Melinda. He told her, “Sir Joseph Pelham has just had a message from the Herford Club that Mr. Tentrees is there drinking and playing roulette and losing a fortune — and would you please come.”

Melinda drinks tea in cut scene

Scene 125. — cut. INT. MARC'S OFFICE.

Lithograph scene

At this point in the screenplay, Lerner employed a new flashback device: lithographs, or etchings. Scene 125 showed Daisy reading from a large book with drawings of London landmarks. Lerner used the drawings to flash back to the Melinda and Robert scenes.

DAISY

What's the name of that street?

MARC

Park Lane.

DAISY

Never heard of it.

She turns a few more pages in rapid succession.

DAISY

Whew! Those were pretty gamey times, weren't they? Some of these etchings! (She whistles). I mean this whole century was really for adults only ... It's funny ... I thought the British only got sexy lately.

128. CLOSEUP OF THE BOOK LYING OPEN

The pages have flipped back to the Foyer of the Herford Club.

DISSOLVE TO:

129. INT. FOYER OF THE HERFORD CLUB

Daisy enters. She stands at the entrance of the gaming room ...

Melinda outside Herford Club

Photo, above: These photos, with Streisand on a surreal and non-realistic set are probably a cinematic device that director Vincente Minnelli used: dissolving from the etching in the book to this scene. That is why the set is very minimalistic and almost like a drawing. Note that Streisand wears the same gown (and purse!) as in the Gaming Room scene, except with a velvet wrap. Below is a shot of Streisand on set—still with the velvet wrap on—probably in the scene where she speaks with Trudenza ...

Another pic of Streisand from scene 129

131. THE ENTRANCE OF THE GAMING ROOM

Daisy enters. There is a woman of about fifty sitting at a desk. Her name is MADAME TRUDENZA.

DAISY

(To the woman) I am Mrs. Tentrees.

TRUDENZA

I am Madame Trudenza. You would like to know how much Mr. Tentrees has lost?

Daisy nods. Madame Trudenza writes a number on a piece of paper and holds it up. Daisy is horrified. She walks into the GAMING ROOM.

Gaming Room Entrance

Photo, above: Here is the only scene which survived in the final cut of On A Clear Day. In Marc's office, Daisy exclaimed, “Please! Not when I'm about to make an entrance!” and then the film cut to this wide shot. All the scenes in between (Robert's insurance scene, office scenes with Marc and Daisy, Mrs. Fitzherbert, and Madame Trudenza) were cut! Gaming Room kiss

The Gaming Room scene continued as in the final film, with Melinda sitting down at the game table with Robert and using her powers to win money. A couple of lines about Mrs. Fitzherbert and being knighted by the King were edited out since the scenes that the lines referred to were cut.

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