Ex­plor­ing Hol­ly­wood’s clos­eted Golden Age

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Film­maker Matt Tyr­nauer first heard about Scotty Bow­ers long be­fore mak­ing a film that’s sure to raise eye­brows about a pur­veyor of sex for some of Hol­ly­wood’s most fa­mous and clos­eted Golden Age celebri­ties.

Five years be­fore Bow­ers re­leased his 2012 mem­oir, Full Ser­vice, about his sex­ca­pades span­ning decades, Tyr­nauer wrote a Van­ity Fair pro­file about for­mer talk show host and en­ter­tain­ment mogul Merv Griffin.

“(Griffin) told me about a gas sta­tion (where Bow­ers worked) on Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard and the cars used to line up around the block and I re­mem­ber think­ing that’s a story I should pur­sue,” said Tyr­nauer, di­rec­tor of Scotty and the Se­cret His­tory of Hol­ly­wood.

The re­sult is a re­veal­ing and rib­ald doc­u­men­tary with an en­gag­ing and ge­nial pro­tag­o­nist that’s sure to bring con­ster­na­tion to many fans of late Hol­ly­wood stars, such as Cary Grant, Spencer Tracey, Kather­ine Hep­burn and di­rec­tor Ge­orge Cukor.

“Some­one said, ‘well, no-one will watch Turner Clas­sic movies the same way again,’” Tyr­nauer said, with a laugh. “This is a big­ger story than ‘I slept with Cary Grant’ plus about a hun­dred other peo­ple who were fa­mous.”

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