Flynn`s Footsteps- Sloping and Sliding in Switzerland

26 Sep

Dear Flynnstones,

Sankt Moritz is another great storytelling venue Errol Flynn set foot on.

His best man Freddie McEvoy was a regular guest at the famous Badrutt`s Palace Hotel with is first wife, the oil heiress Beatrice Cartwright.

Even though “Pleasure was his business”, Suicide Freddie was not idling his time at the terrace of the luxury hotel all the time.

After winning the gold medal in the Four Men Bobsleigh event at the 1937 World Championship of St. Moritz, he set his sight on the Cresta Run.

He came in second to US war hero Billy Fiske in the 1937 Curzon Cup, the most important race of the season from Junction (abbreviated track).

Our man Flynn tried his luck and risked his looks once there also on January 26th of 1953.

Trained by veteran competitor Colin Mitchell he managed a (respectable for an actor) time of 119.40 seconds from Junction.

Jokingly he addressed the press and said he would have arrived earlier had he not exited the course to sip champagne with a blonde curvier than the notorious Shuttlecock corner.

At Hotel Steffani there is a whole bar dedicated to the icey race.

Barbara Hutton and flynntimo Count Troubetzkoy (A bus line back one century in time « The Errol Flynn Blog) dinned at restaurant “Le Lapin Bleu”

At the foyer, unlike an apple impossible to miss, is an imposing statue of Swiss national hero William Tell which may have given our Hollywood hero the ultimate spin to ditch “The Story of Farouk” for “The Story of William Tell” as his next film.


— shangheinz


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  1. David DeWitt

    September 27, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    Great reporting! Especially the William Tell angle!

  2. shangheinz

    September 29, 2022 at 8:24 am


    Thanks David. For the record a London newspaper ran this article on February 24 of 1953. Starring OW and financed by King Farouk of Egypt. But the next true Flynn feature TSOWT was already in the pipeline.