Film: Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

Opened: July 27, 2018

Directed by: Matt Tyrnauer

Starring: Scotty Bowers, Lois Bowers, William Mann, David Kuhn, Stephen Fry, Peter Bart, Paul Teetor, Jack Kimberline, Michael Childers, Lee Shook, Robert Hofler, Dian Hanson, Tony Charmoli & Paul LaMastra

Featuring: Lauren Bacall, Joy Behar, George Cukor, Duchess of Windsor, Duke of Windsor, Cary Grant, J. Edgar Hoover, Katharine Hepburn, Rock Hudson, Alfred Kinsey, Elsa Lanchester, Charles Laughton, Vivien Leigh, Liberace, Laurence Olivier, Randolph Scott & Spencer Tracy

Now known as Hollywood’s “Male Madame,” Scotty Bowers procured sexual favors for some of the biggest names in show business beginning in the 1940s. His memoir, “Full Service,” described that time period and is featured here following the man himself.

Bowers reflects on his former life when he “tricked” – an old term for a sex act – the stars. There’s a great juxtaposition between the mid-1900s and today where it was once illegal to be homosexual and could ruin your career, compared to today where gay marriage is legal and celebrated.

There’s an element that makes him human – especially seeing his hoarding problem – that contradicts his carefree sense of sex and language. You can tell he deeply cared about the celebrities – but it is hard with all of his subjects having passed away.

Final say: A good tell-all that embraces love. ★★★★☆

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