Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018)

1h 38m / Not Rated / Documentary

Go ahead and grab that dishtowel because we’re spilling tea all over the place, folks. Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood tells the deliciously scandalous story of Scotty Bowers, a former Marine who fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima, made himself a home in Hollywood after World War II, and quickly found that he had a unique talent — what one biographer has called “a savant-like quality […] refusal to be embarrassed by sex.” Scotty became a legendary escort, gigolo and procurer of sex workers to closeted gay celebrities.

Universally beloved and genuinely committed to making people happy, his isn’t a tale of dark secrets and shameful liaisons; it’s a fun (if a bit sordid) romp through a time in which any kind of non-straight-and-married sexuality was ignored or despised. And nobody has stories to tell like Scotty! At the age of 95, he’s still the leading man of his own movie, telling tales about every big name in the golden age of Tinseltown. Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood has to be seen to be believed.