Exploring Hollywood’s closeted Golden Age
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.”