Before Lynda Carter took the heroine back to World War II for her "New, Original" incarnation, statuesque Tennis Pro turned performer Cathy Lee Crosby swung the magic lasso in a very different TV incarnation. As developed by scribe John D.F. Black (Star Trek, Shaft), and seemingly influenced by her recent turn as a mod, cat-suited crime-fighter in the pages of her DC Comics home, this Amazon Princess was more superspy than superhero. But fret not, four-color fans!
Many of the expected wondrous elements from bracelets and lassos to Paradise Island and invisible jets, all make an appearance, albeit with a sleek, seventies espionage superaction refit. Ricardo Montalban plays the laconic lothario who lurks at the top of a conspiracy to make off with ultra-secret code books, leading Agent Prince to discover an Amazon sister-in-exile (Anitra Ford).
Yes, 1974's Wonder Woman - The Cathy Lee Crosby Pilot
was VERY different from the version Lynda Carter brought to the small screen in the 1975 telefilm, which led to a pair of April 1976 hour-long specials and then the regular weekly series that Carter starred in later in 1976. All of the early Lynda Carter productions can be found on both the Season 1
set Warner Home Video released on DVD in 2004, and the Complete Series
set that came out in 2007. But fans always felt like something was missing, because the Cathy Lee Crosby-starring pilot from 1974 - which clearly wasn't up to snuff to become a weekly show, but equally clearly led to the Lynda Carter program - wasn't included on either DVD set.
Now the Warner Archive Collection has announced that this coming Tuesday, December 11th
will see the MOD (manufacture on demand) DVD release of Wonder Woman - The Cathy Lee Crosby Pilot
. This single-disc release running 73 minutes will cost $14.95 SRP, and includes the feature in the original 1.33:1 video aspect ratio and English mono audio soundtrack. It's only available from the WBshop.com online studio store right now (see button link just below), so that means it will only ship to U.S. customers. But it will soon be made available globally via Amazon's CreateSpace MOD program as well (how appropriate for an Amazon princess, right?). Here's the package art: