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Wonder Woman
Directed by Vincent McEveety
Written by John D. F. Black
Released March 12, 1974
Duration 75 mins
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"The Amazing Amazon Princess Comes to Television!"

Wonder Woman is a 1974 television film loosely based on the DC Comics character of the same name. It was Wonder Woman's first live-action television appearance. The TV movie event aired as a pilot for an intended television series, being considered by ABC.

Plot

The film follows Wonder Woman, assistant to government agent Steve Trevor (Kaz Garas) as she pursues a villain named Abner Smith (Ricardo Montalban) who has stolen a set of code books containing classified information about U.S. government field agents.[1]

Cast

  • Cathy Lee Crosby as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman
  • Kaz Garas as Steve Trevor
  • Charlene Holt as Hippolyta
  • Ricardo Montalban as Abner Smith
  • Richard X. Slattery as Colonel Henkins
  • Andrew Prine as George Calvin
  • Anitra Ford as Ahnjayla
  • Beverly Gill as Dia
  • Sandy Gaviola as Ting
  • Robert Porter as Joe
  • Jordan Rhodes as Bob
  • Donna Garrett as Cass
  • Roberta Brahm as Zoe
  • Thom Carney as Fred
  • Ed McCready as Wesley

Production and Reception

The pilot aired originally on March 12, 1974[2] and was repeated on August 21 of that year.[3] Ratings were described as "respectable but not exactly wondrous."[4] ABC did not pick up the pilot, although Crosby would later claim she was offered the series that was eventually given to Lynda Carter.[5] An ABC spokesperson would later acknowledge that the decision to update the character was a mistake[4] and the pilot itself has been labeled one of the "hundred dumbest events in television."[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 What Were They Thinking?: The 100 Dumbest Events in Television by David Hofstede and Tom Bergeron (contributor), Back Stage Books, 2004, pages 31-33
  2. TV Staff Previews, Uniontown (PA) Morning Herlad, March 12, 1974,
  3. TV Key Best Bets, Wisconsin State Journal, August, 21, 1974.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wonder Woman Tries Comeback, Tom Shales, Washington Pose, November 7, 1975.
  5. Cathy Crosby turns down 'Wonder Woman' offer, Tom Joby, Associated Press, May 12, 1980.