For the longest time, I have been wanting to read Scotty Bowers’ book ‘Full Service,’ which is one of those tell-all/confidential reads about the sexual escapades of Hollywood celebrities from the mid-century. But, to be honest, I am not really very familiar with the actors and actresses of that era. So when I found put that there is now a documentary about Bowers (and his stories) I thought this is probably the next best thing, and at least, the time commitment here is much shorter.
The documentary, directed by Matt Tyrnauer, is a fascinating film, even and maybe especially for me who is just a ‘casual’ observer. Bowers used to work at a gas station on Hollywood Boulevard, and that is where he procured the mostly male (and some female) prostitutes that he supplied to some of the big stars of the day. He talks about how Cary Grant and Randolph Scott were lovers, and how he supplied at least 250 women for Katherine Hepburn. His critics have been vocal about how he has no proof about these claims, and that these people are not really here to defend themselves. This documentary doesn’t really take a stand either way, but you do see that Bowers is certainly eccentric – he’s a pack rat, and a spendthrift, and maybe a bit of an exaggerator. Like do I really believe Cole Porter requested fifteen guys to perform oral sex on? Yes, I do, but it’s the fifteen that makes me raise my eyebrows. Still, the movie is certainly NOT boring, and the salacious details are certainly titillating.