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Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

“At 95, Scotty Bowers is one of Hollywood’s most storied survivors. Fans of Golden Age stars might recognize his name as the man who, while working at a Los Angeles gas station in the 1940s and 1950s, set up gay trysts for a cast he claims included Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. But in Matt Tyrnauer’s touching documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, Bowers is cast not only as a name-dropping Zelig but a free-living, free-loving, fascinatingly contradictory pioneer.

“Based on Bowers’s 2012 memoir Full Service, the film catches up with the author at various book signings and parties, interspersing toasts and hugs with gorgeous shots of Hollywood in its airbrushed heyday, when overweening studios, aggressive vice cops and intrusive scandal sheets threw homosexual actors and craftspeople into the shadows. Enter Bowers, a boyishly handsome World War II veteran who befriended Walter Pidgeon and effortlessly fell into setting up Pidgeon and his colleagues with dates.

“If Bowers’s present-day life has slowed down considerably, his memories haven’t. He exerts his luridly voyeuristic pull, as he shares name after name of his most shocking exploits.” - The Washington Post

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