Film Sound Cliches – Pt. 1 of 3

THE WILHELM SCREAM

by Steve Lee for Hollywood Lost and Found

“One sound effect that has found a following with many sound editors and observant movie fans is a distinctive scream named Wilhelm.

In 1951, the Warner Bros. film “Distant Drums” directed by Raoul Walsh starred Gary Cooper as Captain Quincy Wyatt, who leads a group of soldiers to stop some Seminole Indians from threatening settlers in early 19th Century Florida. During a scene in which the soldiers are wading through a swamp in the everglades, one of them is bitten and dragged underwater by an alligator.”

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Film Sound Cliches – Part 2

Film Sound Cliches – Part 3 (The Greatest Hits)

 

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