Post #500 – 70s stories in the news: Dirty Harry, Cathy Lee Crosby’s Wonder Woman & more

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I’ve collected a good chunk of 1970s-related stories in recent days and have a healthy batch for you to peruse. Dig in.

1971 Eastwood Photos, U.S. National Film Registry Names ‘Dirty Harry’ A Cultural Treasure

Clint Eastwood on the set of 'Dirty Harry,' 1971. (Photo: Bill Eppridge. Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Clint Eastwood on the set of ‘Dirty Harry,’ 1971. (Photo: Bill Eppridge. Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

LIFE has a photo gallery up with shots of Clint Eastwood on the set of Dirty Harry in 1971. Most of the images were not run in the magazine at the time so chances are high that you haven’t seen them previously.

Additionally, the U.S. National Film Registry has named a new batch of 25 films as cultural treasures. The list contains two films from the 1970s; Dirty Harry and Two-Lane Blacktop – both from 1971. Only two 70s films? What the hey?

LIFE Quote:

“But what’s also revealing — and all these years later, somehow kind of sweet — is the way LIFE talked about Eastwood in the cover story that ran in the magazine in July 1971, five months before Dirty Harry hit theaters and, quickly, became a controversial cultural touchstone. Right there, on the cover of the issue, is the (perhaps) tongue-in-cheek words observation that sets the tone for the profile inside: ‘The world’s favorite movie star is — no kidding — Clint Eastwood.’”

Cathy Lee Crosby’s Forgotten Wonder Woman TV Movie, 1974

Cathy Lee Crosby as 'Wonder Woman,' 1974

Cathy Lee Crosby as ‘Wonder Woman,’ 1974

Before Lynda Carter played the role, Cathy Lee Crosby appeared as Wonder Woman in a 1974 TV movie. Now, the Warner Brothers Shop will burn a Wonder Woman DVD-to-order if you’d care to grab a piece of comic book-related history. If you hop over there you can watch a (rather strange) three-minute clip.

Also, Jef Burnham at FilmMonthly has reviewed Crosby’s turn as the Amazonian. You can read a chunk below.

FilmMonthly Quote:

“Here, William M. Marston’s ass-kicking Amazonian princess of DC Comics is reimagined as an international super spy in the employ of the American government. She still has her gold bracelets, her invisible jet, and she even originates from Paradise Island (although the details of her origin are never made clear), but writer John D.F. Black, who actually co-wrote Shaft (1971) with Ernest Tidyman, adds an espionage spin to the whole affair.”

Other recent 1970s-related stories you may wish to chew on:

PopSpots: Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush L.P. (1970) – Uncovering the exact NYC cover photo location

The Guardian: Apollo 40 years on: how the moon missions changed the world for ever

HuffPost: Jimmy Carter: Marijuana Legalization Is Smart

Steve Martin Twitter: Early photo of Martin onstage, 1970

Slate: Classic kid’s L.P., Free To Be…You And Me 40th anniversary history and interviews

NY Times: ‘All in the Family’ in DVD Boxed Set

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