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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 (book), Lionel Friedberg (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scotty Bowers ... Self
Lois Bowers Lois Bowers ... Self
William Mann William Mann ... Self
David Kuhn David Kuhn ... Self
Stephen Fry ... Self
Peter Bart ... Self
Paul Teetor Paul Teetor ... Self
Jack Kimberling Jack Kimberling ... Self
Michael Childers Michael Childers ... Self
Lee Shook Lee Shook ... Self
Robert Hofler Robert Hofler ... Self
Dian Hanson Dian Hanson ... Self
Tony Charmoli Tony Charmoli ... Self
Paul LaMastra ... Self (as Paul 'Al' LaMastra)
Phyllis Bowers Phyllis Bowers ... Self (voice)
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Two general phases in the life of Scotty Bowers are presented. The first, and arguably the most salacious, is the post-WWII era after the end of his military duty when he was working at a Richfield gas station in Los Angeles. Although he was already no stranger to the breadth of sexual activity in which humans can engage, his encounter with Walter Pidgeon at the gas station, he who invited Scotty up to his place "for a swim", led to Scotty's "career" as a sexual being for hire, as well as one procuring sexual favors between others, albeit never with a dime going into his own pocket for that latter service (i.e. he never having considered himself a pimp). At a time when the Hays code was in effect which led to the movie studios closely controlling at least the public lives and thus images of especially their stars, Scotty's services became known as trusted ones for Hollywood celebrities who wanted/needed a sexual outlet of any nature outside of a conventional husband/wife marriage. ... Written by Huggo

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Somewhat entertaining but mostly dull
20 August 2018 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

True story of Scotty Bowers. He was a young. handsome guy who (in the 1950s and 60s) provided men and women to closeted actors an actresses. Most of the movie consists of Bowers (still alive and in his 90s) talking to the camera and recounting his life. It also has him visiting people he worked with who back up his story 100%. There's also talk about who was gay back then. Naturally all the stars they talk about are conveniently dead. There's also some hardcore gay sex footage. (It's not rated but would easily get an NC-17 if it were).

This isn't a bad movie but I was bored silly. I actually dozed off a few times! The film says the same things multiple times over and none of the revelations of who was gay are shocking. It just shows us again and again that Bowers is a compulsive hoarder--the state of his houses is downright disgusting. So it was somewhat interesting but I was bored.


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English

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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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1.78 : 1
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