Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

We all know that Hollywood is a "smoke and mirrors" town but in the fabulous new documentary "Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood" Scotty Bowers pulls back the curtain of the "straight-washing" of Hollywood Golden Age and reveals its biggest sex secrets.

Scotty Bowers is an ex-Marine, who in the 1940s and '50s, ran a gas station on Hollywood Blvd. and who claims that on one of his first days of work, Walter Pidgeon pulled in and invited Scotty up to his house for a "dip in the pool" (SEX).  This encounter led Scotty to a side career of setting up his "friends" with the Hollywood community looking for with men, women with women, and men and women.

Scotty would provide male and female sex workers to the Hollywood community, from stars to set designers, from everyday business men to the top studio executives.  They would all come to the Richfield Gas Station and for $20 be set up with the hottest men and women in questions asked.  Morality clauses in studio contracts made it impossible for people looking for same-sex partners to go to bars or clubs, so they all went to Scotty to get the hookup. Some of his clients hooked up in the station’s bathrooms, or in a convenient on-site trailer, and some brought them back up to their mansions for their own “dip in the pool.”

Bowers claims to have personally serviced or provided companions for hundreds of Hollywood stars, and he names them all...including Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, Cole Porter, and Rock Hudson, and even the former King Of England, The Duke Of Windsor, and his wife, Wallis Simpson.

"Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood" is based on Scotty's bestselling tell-all "Full Service," which is a great book on his own, but hearing Scotty and other Hollywood elite tell these stories on camera seems to give validity to those hard to believe stories that you might have questioned while reading the book.

There are tales of three-ways with Cary Grant and Randolph Scott, and of the sexual appetites of Charles Laughton, Vivien Leigh, Cole Porter, Katharine Hepburn and the many women she was with and even Spencer Tracy, who would get drunk and "not remember" what he did with Scotty the night before.

I saw the film this weekend, and there was a Q&A afterward with Scotty and director Matt Tyrnauer in which Scotty spilled even more Hollywood secrets that never made it to the film, including a frantic encounter with Lucille Ball who slapped Scotty after she confronted him about setting Desi up with 3 girls in one day.

"Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood" is a fantastic documentary, which shows how a PR narrative can change the perception of what you think is real and what isn't the reality.  What would the world look like today if Rock Hudson didn't have to hide his sexuality?  Can you imagine how many people today still do?  After seeing this movie, it's hard to look at your favorite movie star the same way, and maybe that is a good thing.

To see the trailer, click HERE

I ❤️ the truth, and I ❤️ Hollywood, and that is why I ❤️this film.  Well done.

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood Reviewed by #IheartHollywood on July 30, 2018 Rating: 5

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