Scene 140.-142. — cut. The University
Cut Scenes from “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” —Page Eight
After the news broke that Marc Chabot discovered a case of reincarnation, the buzz started spreading around campus.
In scene 140, Marc was asked by a reporter if he believed in reincarnation. “Yes, if you can afford it,” replied Marc.
Next, in scene 142, Mrs. Hatch (Mabel Albertson) was fielding phone calls to Dr. Chabot's office. “Why is everyone so violent about reincarnation?" she asked. “The thought of coming back to this planet must be too much for them,” replied Marc.
Marc then sat down at his desk to read the newspaper (photo, top) with the headline “Spiritualism Riots at Stuyvesant” [photo courtesy Craig Dickson, from his collection].
Mrs. Hatch gravely announced, “Dr. Hume would like to see you in the confernce room at ten o'clock sharp.”
[The conference room scene followed in which Hume asked Marc to write a letter denying his reincarnation statements. For the most part, it exists in the final film as it did in the November 18, 1968 screenplay.]
Scene 144. — cut. EXT. The Garden of the Modern Museum
In this scene, Conrad (whose part was whittled down in the final cut), consulted with Marc about what to do about the letter. Conrad believes that Marc must write it.
I wonder if you're doing the right thing? Of course, if you want to ignore the fact that we're only here for a split second of eternity, and think it's more important to find a cure for our miniscule aches and pains while we're here, than it is to try and solve the mystery of eternity ... Well, God knows you're entitled to your opinion.
Conrad's speech gave Marc impetus to write the letter. And in the final film, Minnelli cuts to Marc writing it.
Scene 145-I, 145-K—trimmed. INT. Marc's Apartment
While Marc was writing the letter denying his reincarnation statements, Daisy called on him. A trick of the light caused Marc to see Daisy as Melinda. He hypnotized her in order to speak with Melinda one last time.
The scene, as it played in the film, was actually rewritten since the 1968 screenplay. The film dialogue was better and defined the story more specifically (Melinda will stand trial, and Marc will stop communicating with her). Even the lines leading into “He Isn't You” flow more natually in the final film than in the screenplay.
However, the film and screenplay diverge when it comes to “He Isn't You.” Recorded and filmed was a second verse sung by Marc to Melinda. Click the button below to hear Yves Montand sing “She Isn't You”:
The other major change was that this scene would have been the Act One finale of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever. And intermission would have followed. After Marc sang “She Isn't You”, he delivered the line, “But why must you turn back into a caterpillar? Melinda, how did you ever become this little nothing of a creature?” Then Marc went to the window and tore up the letter, determined to keep his relationship with Daisy's past life as Melinda. “Sometimes I think if I hear another ‘I mean’ I will tighten my tie until I strangle.”
And then ... the line which was trimmed: “Oh well ... It's time to wake up, little one ... You and I both. One ... two ...”
(In the final film, the scene was rescored. The music built and Minnelli dissolved to Hume's office. No Intermission.)