Wonder Woman (1974 film)
|Based on||Wonder Woman by William Moulton Marston|
|Written by||John D. F. Black|
|Directed by||Vincent McEveety|
|Starring||Cathy Lee Crosby|
|Theme music composer||Artie Butler|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||75 minutes|
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
|Original release||March 12, 1974|
Wonder Woman is a 1974 television film loosely based on the DC Comics character of the same name, directed by Vincent McEveety and starring Cathy Lee Crosby. The film was a pilot for an intended television series, being considered by ABC. Ratings were described as "respectable but not exactly wondrous," and ABC did not pick up the pilot. Instead, Warner Brothers and ABC developed a different Wonder Woman television concept that fit within the character of the time, turning away from the 1968–72 era that had influenced the pilot. That was fit within the restoration of the character created by William Moulton Marston, which premiered as a TV movie in 1975 and starred Lynda Carter. Crosby would later claim that she was offered the chance to reprise the role in that series.
As this was produced during the Diana Prince era from 1968–72, Wonder Woman (Cathy Lee Crosby) did not wear the comic book costume including the tiara trademark and her "secret identity" of Diana Prince was not all that secret (it was restored in 1973). 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.
As this was produced based on the Diana Prince era of 1968–72, the Wonder Woman of the era coincided with the British television series The Avengers, with Wonder Woman being an Emma Peel type character.
- Cathy Lee Crosby as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince
- 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
- Shales, Tom (1975-11-07). "Wonder Woman Tries Comeback". The Washington Post.
- Joby, Tom (1980-05-12). "Cathy Crosby turns down 'Wonder Woman' offer". Associated Press.
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