Wonder Woman - Wonder Woman Meets Baroness Von Gunther
Wonder Woman - Wonder Woman Meets Baroness Paula Von Gunther
Wilfred Ralph Baumes, Douglas S. Cramer (executive) for the Douglas S. Cramer Company, Warner Brothers/ABC
directed by Barry Crane
starring Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Christine Belford, Bradford Dillman, Ed Gilbert, Ed Griffith, Christian Juttner, Richard Eastham, Beatrice Colen, John Brandon
screenplay by Margaret Armen, based on the comic created by William Moulton Marston, published by DC Comics
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The Nazis are at it again, sabotaging American war efforts - and
everything sounds like the work of Baroness Von Gunther (Christine
Belford) and her spyring, only the Baroness is safely behind bars, and
according to her prison's warden (Ed Gilbert), she's a changed woman now.
Instead there is evidence pointing at war hero Steve Trevor (Lyle
Waggoner), so the FBI even sets up a commission headed by industrialist
Arthur Deal (Bradford Dillman) to investigate against him.
Still, Trevor won't go down without a fight, so he and his assistant
Diana Prince (Lynda Carter) - who is of course secretly Wonder Woman -
visit the Baroness in prison, where she appears to be a model prisoner.
Only the4 warden's young son Tommy (Christian Juttner), who wants to be a
detective, knows more, but unfortunately, noone will listen to a kid ...
In fact, there is a secret tunnel out of the prison, and the Baroness
has a key to it, plus she is helped by Hanson (Ed Griffith), one of the
guards ... and wouldn't you know it, they are in league with none other
than Arthur Deal, the man investigating against Trevor.
Soon enough, Arthur Deal sets up a trap and captures Trevor, Tommy and
Wonder Woman, but in the end, Wonder Woman uses her superhuman strength
and her ability to stop bullets with her bracelets to free herself, Trevor
and Tommy and capture all the Nazi spies ...
The pilot of Woner
Woman was great campy fun, a superhero comic come to life with all
its inherent silliness, done tongue-in-cheek. This first episode of the
series of course lost most of the pilot's magic and conscious silliness,
instead tries to play it straight - which somehow just doesn't work all
that well, because how can you take someone seriously in a costume as
silly as Wonder Woman's ?
It's still campy fun, but it lacks the intentional humour of the pilot,
and as the series moves on, the fun factor will wear off.