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A series of short painful screams performed by an actor were recorded in 1951 for the Warner Brother’s film “Distant Drums.” They were used for a scene where a man is bitten and dragged underwater by an alligator. The recording was archived into the studio’s sound effects library — and it was used in many of their films since.
“Star Wars” Sound Designer Ben Burtt tracked down the scream recording – which he named “Wilhelm” after a character who let out the same scream in the film “Charge at Feather River.” Ben has adopted the scream as sort of a personal sound signature, and has included it in many of the films he has worked on. He and a small circle of sound effects people, including myself and Richard Anderson, continue the crusade to keep Wilhelm alive. The Wilhelm Scream continues to be heard in new films every year.
A complete list of the movies that the Wilhelm scream appears in is here.
The actual scream itself is here.