Wonder Woman - The Bushwhackers
Wilfred Ralph Baumes, Douglas S. Cramer (executive) for the Douglas S. Cramer Company, Warner Brothers/ABC
directed by Stuart Margolin
starring Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Roy Rogers, Henry Darrow, Anthony George, David Clarke, David Yanez, Lance Kerwin, Beatrice Colen, Richard Eastham, Christelle Pierrette Gaspart, Justin Randi, Carey Wong, Kristoff St.John, Rita Gomez, James C.Lawrence, Murray MacLeod
screenplay by Skip Webster, based on the comic created by William Moulton Marston, published by DC Comics
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Somewhere in Texas: Cattle needed for the war effort is rustled from
the Double-H ranch, so J.P. (B-Western legend Roy Rogers) asks his friend
Colonel Blankenship (Richard Eastham) for help, who immediately sends him
his top agent Steve Trevor (Lyle Waggoner) to investigate, and where
Trevor goes, Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter) goes as well ...
Somehow, the rustlers - deputy sheriff Walter Lampkin (Henry Darrow)
and all-around badman Emmett Dawson (Anthony George) - seem to know about
every move J.P. is doing to protect his cattle and act accordingly
(evetnually trapping both Trevor and Wonder Woman and taking away Wonder
Woman's belt where her strength emanates from), so there must be a leak at
J.P.'s ranch ... and it turns out to be Jeff (Lance Kerwin), who has grown
jealous of the 5 war orphans J.P. has decided to give shelter at his ranch
and take care of, just as if they were his own kids. Eventually though,
Jeff comes clean with his father and Wonder Woman, and with the help of
the war orphans - especially Charlie (David Yanez), the Navajo who refused
to speak until he met Wonder Woman - the baddies can be thught.
In the end, the day is once again saved by Wonder Woman and Jeff is
reconciled with his father ...
Now this is what I call camp-potential: Wonder Woman in a Western-style
adventure set in Texas featuring rustlers and Roy Rogers. Unfortunately
though, the whole thing is spoiled by someone's idea to put a whole bunch
of kids into the show and let them help catch the baddies in the end, and
throw in a subplot about a boy who thinks he is neglected by his father
... the outcome is pure kitsch, but not the good sort of kitsch, the
A pity, this is really a lost opportunity.