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Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017)

Unrated | | Documentary, Biography | 27 July 2018 (USA)
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A portrait of unsung Hollywood legend Scotty Bowers, whose bestselling memoir chronicled his decades spent as sexual procurer to the stars.

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Matt Tyrnauer

Writers:

Scotty Bowers (biography), Matt Tyrnauer (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scotty Bowers ... Himself
Lois Bowers Lois Bowers ... Herself
William Mann William Mann ... Himself
David Kuhn David Kuhn ... Himself
Stephen Fry ... Himself
Peter Bart ... Himself
Paul Teetor Paul Teetor ... Himself
Jack Kimberling Jack Kimberling ... Himself
Michael Childers Michael Childers ... Himself
Lee Shook Lee Shook ... Himself
Robert Hofler Robert Hofler ... Himself
Dian Hanson Dian Hanson ... Herself
Tony Charmoli Tony Charmoli ... Himself
Paul LaMastra ... Himself (as Paul 'Al' LaMastra)
Phyllis Bowers Phyllis Bowers ... Herself (voice)
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A portrait of unsung Hollywood legend Scotty Bowers, whose bestselling memoir chronicled his decades spent as sexual procurer to the stars.

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Release Date:

27 July 2018 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$28,144, 29 July 2018

Gross USA:

$461,689

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$461,689
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More juicy depth would make this gossip doc better.
28 August 2018 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Scotty Bauers' book about his business as a Hollywood procurer in his book, Full Service, is a prelude to this not-quite-salacious documentary about his life servicing the sexual needs of mid-century Hollywood elite, especially the gay ones. Although Scotty's personal life is disorganized and cluttered, his procuring activity as Hollywood's "pimp to the stars" was universally acclaimed by those who used his services.

Getting dates, or providing " an introduction service" as Scotty calls it, for the likes of Walter Pidgeon and George Cukor was all in a day's work for the Hollywood Blvd. Richfield Gas Station attendant he was while he arranged liaisons there and around town. This brief explanation of the documentary might make it seem juicy, but I assure you it is not quite that. Despite the cast of characters in need of same sex dates like Kate Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, most of Scotty's revelations are not new and hardly in depth.

Randolph Scott, Tyrone Power, Cole Porter, and Charles Laughton are among the others who used Scotty's services, including his own. His three-way adventure with sex goddesses Lana Turner and Ava Gardner is one of the more alluring bits of gossip, but again only a fleeting mention. Those limited details are what make this a superficial if not charming doc.

Most of the doc centers on Scotty, now 94, an impish gossip whose obvious aging seems the opposite of the well-kept elderly like Cary Grant, who appears several times as a young gay star guarding his orientation better than Rock Hudson. As Scotty shows us the dumpy houses where he stores his personal junk, this inveterate collector is just not that interesting; you'd think he must have some stars' memorabilia-not.

Although director Matt Trynauer jazzes it up with male frontal nudity and vintage Hollywood footage, Scotty's shuffling senescence lends the dusty mood of an old album full of his photos and too few of Hollywood stars. Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood guards those secrets too well for my adolescent-like curiosity.


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