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Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Who is Wilhelm, and why is he screaming? The Wilhelm Scream is a stock sound effect that's been in use in Hollywood for more than 50 years and some 70 films.

Even though The Scream debuted in the 1951 Western Distant Drums, it didn't come out of the mouth of its namesake character Wilhelm until two years later in another Western, The Charge at Feather River.

I'm amazed anyone could recognize a scream enough to name it and track it. It sounds like just any old scream to me.