Funny Girl, the Cut Scenes

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Part Two: Scene 23. NICK & FANNY. OUTSIDE DRESSING ROOM, KEENEY'S ...

Frames from Funny Girl

The next trim from Funny Girl comes right after Nick says goodbye to Fanny backstage at Keeney's. You can see where this scene got snipped out of the final film. Right after the “starch in the last rinse” line, the film dissolves from the stage door to Fanny at the dressing room door.

Animated gif of Nicky Arnstein transition

CUT: In between that dissolve was a scene between Fanny and her buddy, Eddie:

 

FANNY
Did you see him? Boy, that's my idea of class! You know where he asked me out to? Delmonico's!

EDDIE
So how come you didn't go?

FANNY
Just because a man's polite is no reason to ruin his evening. Listen, Eddie — how do you think it went?

EDDIE
Stop fishing — you know how it went! And Keeney says I can give you a number of your own — how do you like that?!

(Fanny stares at him. As a last CHORUS-GIRL COMES OUT of the dressing room and stops to hook a stocking:)

FANNY
A specialty! I'm going to have a specialty?!

CHORUS GIRL
I wouldn't have a specialty if Keeney begged me! When I find a guy that'll take me outa this dump, for him I'll do my specialty!

(And she EXITS, tossing her head. Fanny and Eddie laugh. Then, turning into the dressing room:)

FANNY
Come talk to me while I change ...

INT. DRESSING ROOM

FANNY
Oh, Eddie, everything's really starting, isn't it? And so much of it's because of you! I don't know how to thank you—

EDDIE
There must be a way. Like — what are you doing after the show Saturday night?

Eddie and Fanny

CLOSE SHOT — FANNY — GAZING AT NOTHING, DREAMING

FANNY'S VOICE (Singing)
NICKY ARNSTEIN, NICKY ARNSTEIN, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL FELLA ...

Hear it!:

(Then, speaking) Saturday night? Well, if it's just to sit around and schmooze—fine. But if it's like a date — save your money!

EDDIE
Who said I was going to spend any?!

Cut scene backstage, Fanny taking off skates

FANNY (VOICE ON TRACK, SINGING)
DRESSED IN A FULL DRESS FORMAL— AND NOT EVEN GOING TO A WEDDING!

Hear it!:

(speaking) Listen, you're lucky! Dames are a dime a dozen, a good friend is hard to find.

EDDIE (irritated)
Okay, friend, get dressed. I'll walk you home. We'll sit around a smootch.

FANNY
Schmooze.

EDDIE
Schmooze.

Streisand in cut scene

FANNY (VOICE ON TRACK, SINGING)
I'LL BET HE KNOWS FLO ZIEGFELD. HE COULD EVEN KNOW MR. WRIGLEY. FROM SPEARMINT.

CLOSE SHOT - FANNY (her face dreamy as she SINGS)

The scene which was included in the final film

FANNY *
NICKY ARNSTEIN, NICKY ARNSTEIN, I'LL NEVER SEE HIM AGAIN.

* This last reprise of the Nicky Arnstein song was the only one included in the final film.

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