There is a scene in "My Wicked, Wicked Ways . . . The Legend of Error Flynn" showing torrid French actress Lili Damita (Barbara Hershey) being chauffeured in her swanky auto. "Stop zee car!" she shouts. "Stop zee car!" And you are thinking:
Stop zee movie!
No chance. Airing at 8 tonight on CBS (Channels 2 and 8), "My Wicked, Wicked Ways" is a flat, cliched, silly three-hour celebration of the high-living film swashbuckler who died in 1959 at age 50. It's based on Flynn's autobiography and co-produced by his goddaughter, Doris Keating, who has called this her "Valentine" to him.
Directed by Don Taylor and written by Taylor, Keating, Jill Trump and James Lee, "My Wicked, Wicked Ways" reveals the veneer beneath the veneer.
With Duncan Regehr (the heroic gladiator of "The Last Days of Pompeii") as Flynn, screen and private personas merge into one. At 6 foot 5, Regehr is bigger than Flynn, who was already bigger than life, resulting in a character who is bigger than, well, everything that's left.