Español: “El Retorno de la Mujer Maravilla”
[ "The Return of Wonder Woman" ].
Italiano: "Wonder Woman - Morte Per Gli Agenti Speciali" ["Wonder Woman - Death For The Special Agent"].
Français: "Wonder Woman" ["Wonder Woman"].
Deustch: "Wonder Woman - Eine Amazone räumt auf" ["Wonder Woman - An Amazon Clears Up"].
"Den Nye Originale Wonder Woman" ["The New Original Wonder Woman"].
"Mulher Maravilha" ["Wonder Woman"].
Regardless of Cathy Lee Crosby's teleflick results, Warner Bros. TV and ABC-TV decided to try on a new project which reached the screens only 15 months later. They teamed up with The Douglas Cramer Company, responsible for such hits as The Love Boat or Vega$. This time Cramer and co-producer Wilfred Baumes devised the character truer to the comics.
The key question was to find the right actress to fill up Wonder Woman's boots and make everyone forget about any unfortunate past experience. They thought of well-known actresses, including Joanna Cassidy, but finally decided to come up with a newcomer. In spite of being dark-haired, Lyle Waggoner was cast as Steve Trevor. Cramer thought he would play the part perfectly considering his prior experience as a comedian on The Carol Burnett Show. It was then that Alan Shane, head of casting for Warner Bros., insisted to make a screen test with a young unknown actress who had previously auditioned for the Cathy Lee Crosby pilot. Her name: Lynda Carter.
When Cramer saw Carter on Wonder Woman's outfit he thought she was the perfect one. Her beauty and statuesque body fitted the part perfectly and easily surpassed the other 2,000 auditioners.
Nevertheless the ABC-TV network questioned her inexperience and wasn't sure to give her the lead in a weekly series. But Cramer insisted on casting Carter and even threatened ABC to leave the project. They finally agreed and Wonder Woman entered television's history as an unforgettable entry.
Genre: Fantasy / Adventure.
Broadcast Network: ABC.
Supplier: Warner Bros. Television. Episode Number: #0, pilot telefilm. Running Time: 90 minutes. Original Airdate: Friday, November 7, 1975. Time slot: 8:00 PM in ABC’s Friday Night Movie.
Movie Ratings: Average according to Leonard Malting’s The Movie & Video Guide”. According to David Hoftede’s “Hollywood And The Comics”: 3 stars out of a 4-star rate for which 4 is excellent, 3 enjoyable, 2 worth a look, 1 bomb, and 0 worthless.
Availability: Available on VHS through a collector's edition series released by Columbia House Video and on DVD on Warner Home Video's 3-disc box-set "Wonder Woman: The Complete First Season". [ Check out the VIDEO RELEASES section for further details ].
Director: Leonard Horn.
Writer: Stanley Ralph Ross.
Developed for television by: Stanley Ralph Ross. Based on characters created by: Charles Moulton. Director of Photography: Dennis Dalzell. Producer: Douglas S. Cramer. Associate to the Producer: Wilford Lloyd Baumes. Music by: Charles Fox. Costumes designed by: Donfeld. Associate Producer: Peter J. Ellington.
Stunt Coordinator: Bill Catching.
Art Director: James G. Hulsey.
Film Editor: Carroll Sax.
Set Decorator: Bill McLaughlin. Executive Producer Manager: Halw Polaire. Assistant Director: Ray de Camp. Sound: Al Overton, Sr. Make-Up: Karl Silvera. Hair Stylist: Pat Miller. Titles and Special Animation: Phil Norman.
Song “Wonder Woman”: Music by Charles Fox. Lyrics by Norman Gimbel.
Casting: Alan Shayne.
Copyright © 1975 by National Periodical Publications Inc - Warner Bros. Television. All Rights Reserved. Filmed at the Burbank Studios, Burbank, California. Produced by Douglas S. Cramer Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
• Lynda Carter [ Diana Prince / Wonder Woman ].
• Lyle Waggoner [ Major Steve Leonard Trevor ].
• John Randolph [ General Phillip Blankenship ]. Starring: • RED BUTTONS [ Ashley Norman / Karl ]. Special Appearance: • STELLA STEVENS [ Marcia ]. Guest Stars: • Eric Braeden [ Kaptain Drangel ]. • Severn Darden [ Thug ]. • Fannie Flagg [ Amazon Dr. ]. • Henry Gibson [ Nicholas ]. • Kenneth Mars [ Colonel Von Blasko ]. Special Guest Star: • Cloris Leachman [ Queen Hippolyte ].
• Helen Verbit [ Nurse ]. • Tom Rosqui [ Cop No. 2 ].
• Fritzi Burr [ Saleslady ]. • Ian Wolfe [ Bank Manager ]. • Inga Neilson [ Rena ]. • Maida Severn [ Teutonic Woman ]. • Jean Karlson [ 2nd. Amazon ]. • Anne Ramsey [ Taxi Cab Driver ].
"In this dark Summer of 1942, the onslaught of the Third Reich continues under the leadership of this indecent and corrupt man [Hitler]. His over-trained and blindly obedient army continues to ravish what is left of free Europe. While Il Duce grasps for his place as this wicked Axis tries to dominate the world, President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill gather the Allies in defense of the free world, the third Axis power plunders across the Pacific. Mankind is being threatened by these despicable villains. The only hope for freedom and democracy is... Wonder Woman."
In a top-secret Nazi base near Berlin (Germany), Kaptain Drangel [ERIC BRAEDEN] is instructed to bomb a building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard where an electronic eye is being manufactured. At the same time another man will be stealing the plans for the project in Washington.
Meanwhile in Washington, D.C., Major Steve Trevor [LYLE WAGGONER] learns from General Blankenship [JOHN RANDOLPH] that Kaptain Drangel left Germany on the XB-12 bomber on his way to Argentina. After passing over the Bermudas he will be bombing the Navy Yard. Steve’s Secretary Marcia [STELLA STEVENS] suggests that it must be intercepted, and Steve volunteers for the mission. Shortly thereafter, across town, Marcia makes contact with Berlin to inform about Steve’s mission. She’s a double agent!
Across the Atlantic Von Blasko wonders who could be the Nazi informer that is delivering information to the Americans, as his assistant Nicholas [HENRY GIBSON] gets nervous.
In a top secret air base outside Washington, D.C., Steve prepares for his mission. Over the Bermudas Triangle both pilots fiercely fight against each other being forced to parachute when their planes collide. As they’re falling down, Drangel shoots Steve on his shoulder and, while he falls into waters infected with sharks, Steve safely lands in the shores of an uncharted island within the Devil’s Triangle.
Princess Diana and Rena [INGA NEILSON] find the parachute and the unconscious Steve. Though amazed by the presence of a man in their island, Diana promptly takes Major Trevor to the hospital. The Amazon Doctor [FANNIE FLAGG] tells Queen Hippolyte that the island’s secret is safe since Steve is unconscious and he really doesn’t know where he is. The Queen tells her naïve daughter Diana about the danger that a man could mean in Paradise Island, as she worries about Steve and asks her mother for permission to nurse him, but only as “a scientific study.”
While in Washington everybody’s thinking that Steve is dead, he is being questioned by the Amazons under the influence of a special serum. This way, the Amazon get to know about the Nazis’ plans to rule the world. As suspicions about a double agent continues in Berlin, in Paradise Island Queen Hippolyte forbids Diana to take care of Major Trevor as she decides he must return to his own country for the safe of the island.
The Queen announces that a tournament will be celebrated to determine who will be the Amazon that will take Major Trevor back to the States. Diana shows interest to participate, but once again the Queen frustrates her wishes and forbids her to participate.
The tournament begins and two Amazons easily show to be the leading ones. After several skills, the “Bullets and Bracelets” game will determine who is the best one of them. In the game, one of them emerges victorious as the other one gets hurt. The Queen gives her the golden belt -symbol of the Amazon’s supremacy- and tells her that it will preserve her strength while away from Paradise Island. Then she gives her the golden lasso -made of an indestructible material-, which has the power to compel people to tell the truth. To the Queen’s surprise the Amazon takes her wig and mask off revealing herself as Princess Diana.
Before leaving to the States the Queen gives her daughter a uniform of her own design made out of an indestructible material. It resembles the U.S. flag which will show her sympathy for “freedom and democracy.” Before leaving, the Queen tells Diana that in the world of ordinary people she will be truly a “Wonder Woman.”
Hours later the invisible plane flies over Washington, D.C., and soon to everybody’s surprise she appears running and carrying over Steve Trevor into the military hospital. General Blankenship tells the news to Marcia who promptly asks for help to one of her co-conspirator.
Later a naïve Wonder Woman walks in wonder around the city and enters a store where the saleslady offers her a dress. She takes it, thanks the lady and leaves, but when she’s leaving the saleslady prompts her to pay for it. The first thing that the Amazon Princess learns in America is that she needs money to survive in there.
After foiling a bank’s robbery to the amazement of all the people, theatrical agent Ashley Norman [RED BUTTOMS] offers her to become a star on stage with her “bullets and bracelets” skill.
Back in Berlin Von Blasko prepares for a second attack while in Washington Diana appears disguised as a nurse to take care of Steve.
That same night Wonder Woman is presented in the theatre and Mr. Norman invites anyone from the audience to shoot her. Marcia is in the audience and tells her companion to shoot her with a machine gun, but Wonder Woman emerges triumphant anyway.
Ashley Norman is glad with the response of the public but Wonder Woman is decided to leave show business. He’s also a Nazi spy and tries to fool her, unable to do so, he calls Marcia to inform her.
As Steve recovers in the hospital he’s informed by General Blankenship that Von Blasko is on his way to attack the Navy base. The XB-13 bomber left Argentina an hour ago, and Steve decides that he must intercept it once again in spite of General Blankenship who doesn’t agree.
On his way to the air base Steve is intercepted and captured by Ashley Norman and the other Nazis. He's taken to Marcia’s apartment where under the influence of the truth serum he confesses the combination of the safe where the plans of the Norden bomb are kept.
In the War Department building, Marcia is opening the safe but Wonder Woman intercepts her. She fiercely resist her but Wonder Woman emerges victorious once again and compels her to tell the truth under the golden lasso’s influence. Over the phone Wonder Woman pretends to be Marcia and orders to delay the plans for an hour.
Wonder Woman intercepts the XB-13 with her invisible plane and delivers the plane to crash against the submarine that would take the Nazis back to Germany. Wonder Woman delivers Von Blasko to the police and goes back to Marcia’s apartment to free Steve. Wonder Woman tells him that she frustrated the Nazis’ plans and that the Norden bomb plans and the Navy Base are perfectly safe.
Later at the War Department Steve Trevor is introduced to his new secretary: Diana Prince.
- Steve: "You know, we're going to get along just fine."
- Diana replies: "I'm sure we will."
David Hoftede in “Hollywood And The Comics”:
The “New, Original” part of the title was an obvious attempt to distance this version of Wonder Woman in every way possible from the Cathy Lee Crosby version of a year earlier, as if the point needed any clarification. Once the unbelievably dumb theme song is over (“In your satin tights—fighting for your rights”) this pilot for the successful television series outclasses the Crosby vehicle hands down.
One look at Lynda Carter in costume is worth two stars alone; when she emerges from a comic book panel in the opening credits, the effect is seamless. Praise for Carter’s stunning appearance and devastating smile is deserved and well-documented, but her actual performance has never been given enough credit. The wide-eyed innocence she conveys during Wonder Woman’s first day in America is a good example. Carter is successful in communicating the Pollyanna-like superheroine’s unfamiliarity in a strange but fascinating new land. Considering the character’s origins in antiquity, however, some sort of accent might have been appropriate.
Diana Prince isn’t around long in the pilot, but she is not missed. The bespectacled Prince, a female Clark Kent if there ever was one, was never much of a presence in the comics, either. This realization has since been recognized by the D.C. people, as evidenced by her elimination from the new “Wonder Woman” book.
But if Carter alone earns two stars of the film’s three star rating, that does not say much for other aspects of the production. Writer Stanley Ralph Ross, who was responsible for many of the better episodes of the “Batman” TV series, has penned an origin story that is faithful but bland. He wisely kept the camp elements to a minimum though Red Buttons and Stella Stevens (who was so memorable in the 1959 filming of “L’il Abner”) are the silliest spies since Boris and Natasha, and the Nazis are no more threatening than the ones on “Hogan’s Heroes.”
There is a cheapness that pervades the entire production, that director Leonard Horn does a poor job concea-ling. Paradise Island in particular is a disappointment; in the establishing shot the Amazon city looks like a warehouse district, without a trace of Greek or Roman influence. Cloris Leachman is fine as Hippolyte, but trying to play royalty in a throne-room that resembles the lobby of a Holiday Inn is an uphill fight. Other sets and costumes are substandard, and the special effects are unconvincing and kept to a minimum.
The ensuing TV series corrected many of these problems, after settling into a familiar but entertaining formula. Lyle Waggoner, who starts off rather stiff in the pilot, became far more likable as the series progressed, though he never did dye his hair blond. The show remains memorable for Carter’s spins and the occasional odd or interesting guest star, such as when Debra Winger appeared as “Wonder Girl,” a role that one would assume is no longer listed on her resume’.
It is probably inevitable that Wonder Woman will eventually receive the Superman/Batman treatment in a big budget Hollywood production, but imperfect as it is this one will do until that something better comes along. And when it does, even if Julia Roberts is signed for the title role, she will find it next to impossible to supplant the memory of Lynda Carter, whose resemblance to the Amazon Princess is flawless enough to fool the guards at the gates of Olympus.
“Hollywood And The Comics” Published by Zanne-3. Copyright © 1991 by David Hoftede. All rights reserved. ISBN: 0-9629176-4-8.
Leonard Maltin Review in “Movie And Video Guide”:
The 1940s comic book heroine performs proverbial incredible exploits anew. Later a TV series. Silly but tolerable.
“Movie And Video Guide” Copyright © 1995 Leonard Maltin. Copyright © Jessie Films Ltd. Published by Dutton Signet, a division of Penguin Books USA Inc.
Steven H. Scheuer in “Movies on TV and Videocassette”:
Crosby doesn’t make a convincing Amazonian superhero, her stars-and-stripes frock doesn’t compare to the original, and the villain she’d faced with -the ultra-hammy Montalban- would’ve been laughed off the old “Batman” series.
“Movies On TV And Videocassette” conceived and edited by Steven H. Scheuer. Managing Editor: M. Faust. Produced by Ink Projects. Copyright ©, 1995 Bantam Books. ISBN 0-553-28801-6.
William Schoel in “Comic Book Heroes Of The Screen”:
...In 1975, they tried again with a telefilm so christened as to make it clear -or utterly confusing- to everyone: The New, original Wonder Woman. This second attempt was far superior to the first. The setting is the 1940s, and Wonder Woman is back in her red, white, and blue bathing suit. As portrayed by voluptuous Lynda Carter, the Amazing’ Amazon is a knockout, and Cloris Leachman makes fine, if unexpected, Queen Hippolyte. The script sticks very closely to the origin and concept of the super-heroine, although too much of it borders dangerously on camp; the best scenes are the ones played straight. An amusing sequence has Carter playing ‘bullets and bracelets’ -knocking bullets aside with the metal bands on her wrists, a carryover from the comic. There is also a creatively executed fight sequence between Carter and Stella Stevens and a hilarious scene featuring a little old lady with a submachine gun. Lyle Waggoner is an okay Steve Trevor, and Leonard Horn’s direction is more than adequate...”
"Comic Book Heroes Of The Screen" Copyright (c) 1991 by William Schoell. A Citadel Press Book. Published by Carol Publishing Group. ISBN: 0-8065-1252-0.
Dan Scaperotti in Cinefantastique - Vol. 4 - Nº 4 - 1976:
In this era of concern over the place of women in today's society, the adaptation of the most famous comic strip heroine, Wonder Woman, to the screen, in this case the small screen, seems appropriate. Last season we were offered a modernized version of the character sans her traditional costume and accompaniments. This second attempt by a new creative team presents Wonder Woman in the person of wide-eyed Lynda Carter in her dazzling original form. The magic lasso, bullet repellent bracelets and invisible plane are all in evidence. Stanley Ralph Ross' screenplay is heavily based on two of the character's appearances: the January 1942 issue of Sensation Comics and the summer 1942 premier issue of Wonder Woman comics.
The opening credits set the mood for what is to follow. Animated comic panels come to life and dialog balloons indicate the performers. Unfortunately, the comic book motif has been carried too far. What works in one media does not necessarily work in another. Surely the damage done to Batman several seasons back attested to the failure of milking comic strips purely for their camp elements, but here we are put through the tired routine all over again. While Lynda Carter plays her role straight, all of the supporting players under Leonard Horn's direction turn in ridiculously self-conscious performances.
The plot, derived directly form the comic books, introduces the heroine during World War II and her activi-ties against a group of Axis agents. Had the scenes been
played on the level the result would certainly have been more worthwhile. But the writers and performers have it their own way with exchanges like the one between General Blankenship (John Randolph) and Major Steve Trevor (Lyle Waggoner) where the General tells Steve, "Do your best, boy", and the Major replies, "General I can only do my best." Supposedly, our appreciation is to be measured in groans of delight at such delicious innocence and naïveté. The film's few action scenes, though well done, are hampered by a piercing choral arrangement as grating on the nerves as that old Batman theme song. One asset of this pilot film is obvious however, Lynda Carter makes for one stunningly attired heroine!
"Cinefantastique" Television Reviews by Dan Scapperotti. Copyright (c) 1976 Frederick S. Clarke. Volume 4, Number 4. Published at P.O. Box 270, Oak Park, IL 60303.
Judith Crist in TV Guide's This Week Movies:
For really high-class nostalgic comedy, there's The New, Original Wonder Woman, not to be confused with last season's disastrous "Wonder Woman," which attempted to update the 1940s comic-book superwoman. Produced with taste and fine period feeling by Douglas S. Cramer, with a screenplay by Stanley Ralph Ross (one of Batman's better writers) and directed with wit by Leonard Horn, this introduction of Wonder Woman and her role in beating the nasty Nazis is indeed an animated comic strip, but done with intelligence and verve. The pilot -and we can't wait for the series it ought spawn- boasts a fine cast that includes Cloris Leachman, Red Buttons, Stella Stevens, Kenneth Mars, Henry Gibson, Fannie Flagg and Severn Darden in passing roles. The top roles offers us luscious Lynda Carter the Amazonian heroine, Lyle Waggoner as handsome Maj. Steve Trevor and John Randolph as his commanding officer.
"TV Guide" - This Week's Movies by Judith Crist - Copyright (c) 1975 by Triangle Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Volume 23, Number 44, Issue 1179, November 1, 1975.
01:13:48 (74 minutes / unedited) / 90 minutes on commercial television. VHS:
Available on commercial VHS format on a collector's edition series released by Columbia House Video. DVD:
Available on commercial DVD format in the 3-DVD box-set "WONDER WOMAN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON". INFO:
The definitive pilot for Wonder Woman on television. Commentaries about this pilot episode by LYNDA CARTER and DOUGLAS CRAMER available on the 3-DVD box-set "WONDER WOMAN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON". AUDIO:
"AUDIO COMMENTARY - PART 1" by Lynda Carter and Doug Cramer. [*]
"AUDIO COMMENTARY - PART 2" by Lynda Carter and Doug Cramer. [*]
"AUDIO COMMENTARY - PART 3" by Lynda Carter and Doug Cramer. [*]
"WONDER WOMAN THEME" from the opening credits.
[*] Audio commentary from the pilot episode as featured on the 3-DVD box-set "WONDER WOMAN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON". © 2004 by Warner Bros. Home Video and reproduced only with informative purposes. All rights reserved. VIDEO:
"THE NEW, ORIGINAL WONDER WOMAN" Intro and opening credits.
"THE NEW, ORIGINAL WONDER WOMAN" Bullets and bracelets.
"THE NEW, ORIGINAL WONDER WOMAN" Golden belt and lasso.
"THE NEW, ORIGINAL WONDER WOMAN". The costume.
"THE NEW, ORIGINAL WONDER WOMAN" Bullets and bracelets in DC. TRIVIA:
LYNDA CARTER never did a cold reading for the part, Douglas Cramer had a screen test of her when she was cast for the unproduced film "The Fan".
This pilot was the third, definitive and by far most successful try to bring Wonder Woman to life. The first was the 1967 presentation by William Dozier and the second the failed telefilm with Cathy-Lee Crosby.
This pilot was broadcast only 1 year and 3 months after the failed attempt with Cathy-Lee Crosby.
LYNDA CARTER was chosen out of a casting of 2,000 aspirants for the leading role in the series. When she was chosen, she only had 25 dollars in her bank account.
LYNDA CARTER was 24 years old when this pilot movie was produced and this was her first leading role, and her second TV appearance after participating in the failed pilot of "Shamus: A Matter of Wife and... Death".
John Randolph played General Blankenship only on this pilot, he would be replaced by Richard Eastham in the series.
Cloris Leachman played Queen Hippolyte only on this pilot, she would be replaced by Carolyn Jones in the series. Leachman got paid U$S 25,000 for her participation which she shot only in a day.
Though we know that the Queen's name is Hippolyte according to the comics, her name is never mentioned neither on this pilot film nor during the development of the series.
Henry Gibson who plays Nicholas, Colonel Von Blasko's [Kenneth Mars] Nazi aide in this pilot, would later play Marion Mariposa on the "SCREAMING JAVELINS" episode of "THE NEW ADVENTURES OF WONDER WOMAN".
Eric Braeden who plays Kaptain Drangel in this pilot, would later play Evan Donelson on the "SKATEBOARD WHIZ" episode of "THE NEW ADVENTURES OF WONDER WOMAN".
Anne Ramsey who plays a Cab driver in this pilot, would later play Connie on the first part of the "THE MIND STEALERS FROM OUTER SPACE" episode of "THE NEW ADVENTURES OF WONDER WOMAN".
It wasn't the first time for Stanley Ralph Ross working for superheroes on TV, he actually did several of Batman's episodes. In fact it wasn't his first try on Wonder Woman either, since he was responsible for the second draft of the script of William Dozier's 1967 presentation which never materialized in a series.
When Queen Hippolyte delivers the golden belt to the winner of the Paradise Island Olympics, it's actually different from that used on the Wonder Woman costume.
This is the only time in an episode that we actually see Lynda Carter in five different roles: first as Princess Diana; second as Princess Diana in disguise participating in the Paradise Island Olympics; third as Wonder Woman; fourth as a Nurse; and fifth as Yeoman Diana Prince. With the exception of "BEAUTY ON PARADE", this is the only time that she poses as somebody else instead of Wonder Woman and her alter ego Diana Prince.
There was no flash of light in the pilot when Diana whirled into Wonder Woman. Instead images of Diana and Wonder Woman where superposed and Wonder Woman appeared with her Diana Prince suit in her hands.
When Wonder Woman carries Steve Trevor into the Hospital, he's in fact lying on board held by two crewmembers from underneath.
This is the first and only time that Diana posing as a nurse whirls into Wonder Woman, and General Blankenship refers to her as "lieutenant".
This is the first time that we see the invisible plane on the series. And it appears twice on the pilot.
This is the first of the three times that Diana wears a wig in the series. The first time was in this pilot when she wears a blonde wig to disguise herself and be able to participate in the Paradise Island Tournament. The second time was posing as Diana Paradise in the "BEAUTY ON PARADE" episode and the third time as widow Carol Littlestone in "SÉANCE OF TERROR" in "THE NEW ADVENTURES OF WONDER WOMAN".
This is the first time that we learn that Wonder Woman has the ability to impose and imitate somebody else's voice. During the pilot she imitates Marcia and Von Blasko.
Though this pilot telefilm and the following specials are known as "THE NEW, ORIGINAL WONDER WOMAN", this is never shown on the screen credits nor the series logo.
On the Paradise Island Tournament segment Diana participates in disguise and she wears the number XXIII, while Rena her opponent in the "bullets and bracelets" segment wears the number VIII.
Stock footage is used during the fight sequence of Steve Trevor and Kaptain Drangel over the Bermuda Triangle.
In one of the many subtle comic winks in the pilot, Colonel Von Blasko appears reading "TIME" magazine.
This is the only time that Wonder Woman uses a fire weapon to shoot someone, and she does it five times. It is during the "Bullets and Bracelets" segment in Paradise Island.
We first see Diana appearing on scene at 13:36 minutes of the telefilm. By the other hand she first appears as Wonder Woman at 31:08 minutes when she's donning the costume for the first time: "The colors were chosen to show your allegiance to freedom and democracy. The skirt can be discarded if it should prove cumbersome, the material is indestructible..." tells the Queen.
The first time that she is refer to as "Wonder Woman" is before leaving Paradise Island where the Queen reminds her that "...remember that in the world of ordinary mortals... you are a Wonder Woman"; to what Diana replies: "I'll make you proud of me... and of Wonder Woman".
If the Amazons from Paradise Island had no contact with the man from the outer world in thousands of years, how come they know what a parachute is, they have revolvers, and planes -invisible by the way!!
Another interesting thing about the invisible plane is that in spite that it is all invisible, it actually has a red seat!!!
The newspaper which announces Steve Trevor's death and recovery is the "Washington News Gazette". The one which announces his death is Volume XVII / Number 32.
In the pilot the Queen Hippolyte wears high heels.
Some of the dresses that Stella Stevens wore in this pilot were actually dresses from the 1940s wore by actresses like Virginia Mayo, Joan Crawford or Barbra Stanwyck.
Queen Hippolyte tells Princess Diana that she's immortals while on Paradise Island and if she ever leaves the island she would revert into a normal human being. When the Queen gives her daughter the golden belt she tells that that it preserves her strength while away from Paradise Island: "so long as you wear it, you will retain your cunning and strength away from Paradise Island".
Queen Hippolyte states that Diana is her "only begotten child", though during the series we'll get to know that Diana has a sister called Drusilla.
"I would like to get this patient admitted", these are the first words that Wonder Woman says in America.
The code name that Marcia [Stella Stevens] uses to get in contact with Nazi agent Karl is Kaye Beasley, and Karl in fact is Ashley Norman's real name.
The theatre where Wonder Woman performs her bullets and bracelets act is called "Academy A Theatre".
The number of the room in which Steve is recovering in the Armed Services Hospital is 344.
The first and only time that Wonder Woman is shot at with a machine gun is in this pilot.
In spite that they keep telling time and time again that the XV-13 plane has left from Argentina, the images show Von Blasko flying it over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
When Steve reveals Marcia the combination to the safe containing secret documents, she tells her: "24 left, 26 right", but in the next scene when Marcia is opening the safe she mentions: "33 to the left..." What happened on the way to Steve's office for the change of combination?
When Queen Hippolyte gives her daughter the "lasso of truth" she mentions that it is made of an indestructible material and tells her to use it "wisely and with compassion". The first time Wonder Woman uses the lasso is at the War Department with Marcia.
Marcia apartment is located at 2809 West Twentieth Street, Chevy Chase and her phone number is Capitol 6732.
Leonard Horn, the pilot's director had a heart-attack by the end of the shooting and soon after, he passed-away.
Talking of beauty Queens, Lynda Carter and Cloris Leachman have both entered beauty contests. SKILLS STATS:
SPINS: 1 time. Diana twirls into Wonder Woman only once, no flash of light.
LASSO: 1 time. Wonder Woman uses her lasso only once, with Stella Stevens.
BRACELETS: 4 times. Wonder Woman uses her bracelets three times: first in the bullets and bracelets sequence at Paradise Island; second at the Bank robbery; third at the bullets and bracelets show; fourth at Marcia's apartment.
JUMPS: 1 time. Wonder Woman jumps only once over the car during the Bank's robbery.
THROWN BADDIES: 7.
PUNCHES and FIGHTS: 3. First she punches Von Blasko on his plane; se-cond she fights with Nazis at Marcia's apartment, and finally she fist-fights with Marcia at the War Department.
MISCELLANEOUS SKILLS: Wonder Woman lifts and stops a car; she gets shot over 30 times with a machine gun; they throw a knife at her twice; she breaks down a door; and she imitates two different voices.
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