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Part Three: Cut Song. “Temporary Arrangement”...
Immediately following the scene at Keeney's was Nick's solo song, “Temporary Arrangement,” with vocals from Omar Sharif. The entire sequence was cut from the film.
Set in a hotel room, Nick and the Bellboy unpack his suitcases, setting up his new “home” with his beautiful things: a Spanish shawl, a folding shade over the bare light bulb, a crystal cigarette box, and a blue marble egg on the bureau.
THIS HAVEN OF CRUMBLING PLASTER I DON'T LOOK UPON AS DISASTER I BUT SAY ALAS, ALAS IN TIME THIS TOO SHALL PASS!
IT'S A TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENT WHEN YOU'RE DOWN, THERE'S NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP. I FIND THAT LADY LUCK CHANGES AFFECTION FORTUNE'S A FICKLE DAME. HAVEN'T RUN INTO THEM LATELY BUT BOTH OF THEM KNOW MY NAME.
IT'S A TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENT FROM THE CRYSTAL DISH AND THE SILVER KNIFE BUT THERE'S ANOTHER SIDE TO THE COIN TOMORROW NIGHT — TENDERLOIN! 'CAUSE A TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENT IS THE ONLY PERMANENT THING IN LIFE.
NICK, having removed the wall calendar, is hanging a small painting in its place.
Besides, a room with a Matisse on the wall can't be all bad!
As the Bellboy grins and shoves the suitcases under the bed, the phone RINGS.
Hello — Oh, yes, Branca ... At the odds you quoted? ... That'll be twenty thousand then — very nice. Very nice indeed! ... Uhhh, no you can send it around to the Plaza — the paint must be dry by now ... Thank you, Branca. Keep in touch!
As he hangs up, the Bellboy, used to the routine, starts pulling the suitcases from under the bed. NICK SINGS:
IT'S A TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENT WHEN YOU'RE DOWN THERE'S NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP!
CUT TO: EXT. PLAZA HOTEL — NICK getting out of a cab, striding briskly to the entrance, SINGING:
AH YES, IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK AT THE PLAZA. MODEST BUT WITH APPEAL.
CUT TO: INT. PLAZA SUITE — Spacious and elegant, as a Bellboy ushers Nick in, and a brace of Bellboys follow with his luggage and a tray on which there's a bottle of champagne in a cooler. Nick looks around contentedly, pours himself a glass of champagne and SINGS:
I MUST ADMIT IT HAS A SIMPLE AND HOMEY FEEL.
JUST A TEMPORARY ESTRANGEMENT FROM THE CRYSTAL DISH AND THE SILVER KNIFE. BUT LIFE'S A THING OF JOY THEN TRAVAIL ONE HARD RULE MUST PREVAIL—
A TEMPORARY ARRANGMENT IS THE ONLY PERMANENT THING IS THE ONLY PERMANENT THING IS THE ONLY PERMANENT THING IN LIFE!
Below is a demo of “Temporary Arrangement”, which was actually written for the Broadway show. The singer is probably Bob Merrill, and it's possible the song went through some revisions before the movie version was recorded.
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