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1942, with World War II still going strong: Ace pilot Steve trevor
(Lyle Waggoner) shoots a ole Nazi bomber that was to attack New York out
of the sky over the Bermuda Triangle ... but he crashlands himself, being
washed ashore Paradise Island, an island solely populated by women (now
that's what I call paradise), who all have superhuman abilities - like
being immortal or being able to stop bullets with their bracelets ...
On Paradise Island, Trevor is nursed back to health, but the daughter
(Lynda Carter) of the island's queen (Cloris Leachman) falls in love with
the man and begs her mother to fly him back to the USA ... a wish that is
granted to her only after a fierce contest.
So the girl - called Wonder Woman in the normal world because of
her superhuman abilities - flies Trevor back to America in her invisible
plane and carries him to a hospital, where his safe return is cheered on
by his friends, colleagues and superiors - all but his girlfriend and
secretary Marcia (Stella Stevens), who is secretly the head of a Nazi spyring, and is after
the plans for a new american bomb sight stored away in Trevor's safe.
Wonder Woman meanwhile walks the streets of Washington, soon stops a
gang of bankrobbers from making their escape and becomes a big sensation
when seen stopping bullets with her bracelets. This catches the eye of
theatrical agent Ashley Norman (Red Buttons), who soon makes her the
sensation of his stage show.
Meanwhile back in Germany, Oberst Von Blasco (Kenneth Mars) decides to
bly another bomber attack against New York himself, his goal actually
being to destroy the the factory that's producing the new bomb sight. What
he doesn't know though is that his own servant Nickolas (Henry Gibson) is
actually an American spy, so the Americans learn about the attack way in
advance. And when Steve Trevor, still recuperating from his crash over the
Bermuda Triangle, learns about the attack, he cuts short his stay in
hospital, with the aim of intercepting Von Blasco ... but as his secretary
Marcia is about the handful of people he tells about this, he is soon made
prisoner by the Axis Agents ...
Wonder Woman though finds Steve, her favourite human, gone from
hospital and finds Marcia in his office trying to steal the plans for the
bomb sight. The two women fight it out, and at long last, Wonder Woman
ties Marcia up with her Lasso of Truth, which forces her to tell
Wonder Woman everything she needs to know ... and thus, Wonder Woman
becomes airborn in her invisible plane, docks onto Von Blasco's plane and
makes it crash into a German submarine supposed to pick up the Axis spies
with the plans for the bombsight. Then she goes after the Axis spies
themselves - incidently her own theatrical agents being among them -,
gives them a sound beating and frees Steve ...
All's well that ends well, and to watch over Steve more closely in the
future, she - disguised as reserved office woman Diana Prince - becomes
his new secretary.
Of course, on one hand, The New Original Woner Woman is your
typical made-for-television mid-1970's fantasy film: Under-budgeted,
featuring lousy special effects, and the directorial style can be called
functional at best ... but on the other hand, the film is also a comic
book come to life: it's hokey, it's campy to the hilt, all the supporting
characters look like caricatures right from a comic artists drawing board,
the plot is enjoyably silly and utterly unbelievable - in a good way -,
and the whole thing refuses to take itself too seriously. So if you look
for a cinematic gem, don't even consider this one, but if you look for 75
minutes of fun and silliness, this is exactly your film.