Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood | Chicago Reader

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

Fresh out of the marines, George "Scotty" Bowers landed a job at a Hollywood filling station in 1946 and, for the next four decades, served as a sexual matchmaker around town, allegedly lining up gay and straight lovers for such silver-screen legends as Cary Grant, Rock Hudson, Noel Coward, Bette Davis, Randolph Scott, George Cukor, William Holden, Spencer Tracy (who liked men), and Katharine Hepburn (who liked women). Bowers, now in his 90s, spills the beans in this documentary by Matt Tyrnauer (Citizen Jane: Battle for the City), with anecdotes you'll never hear on Turner Classic Movies (Coward once requested 15 strapping young marines so he could fellate them one after the other). The movie feels like tabloid trash at first, but Tyrnauer's probing questions reveal Bowers as a man so honest with himself and unashamed of his sex life (including his childhood molestation by an adult neighbor) that he stands as a living rebuke to the imagined America of Hollywood's golden age.

Credits

Director:

  • Matt Tyrnauer

Cast:

  • Scotty Bowers
  • Peter Bart
  • Stephen Fry

Producers:

  • Matt Tyrnauer
  • Corey Reeser
  • Josh Braun
  • Alice Bamford
  • Joni Benickes
  • Miles Benickes
  • Tom Dolby

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