How? Don’t you know Wilhelm? I do not believe, as probability and statistical issues sure sometime in your life you have heard it.

Imagine for a moment that we moved to 1950 and you are responsible for sound (Foley) of the film Distant Drums with actor Gary Cooper as the starring and there is a scene in which an American soldier is attacked by an alligator and dragged into the swamp. You need to get a terrible screams.

Well, you ask a player to record multiple takes and better track insert in the movie effects.

So far so normal, but two years later in another lower-budget western, sound engineer decides to “recover ” the same scream that was recorded and it is used in a scene where a cowboy named Wilhelm is hit in the leg by an arrow.

Shortly after the scream became part of the sound effects library of Warner Bros. and was named Private Wilhelm, in honour of the actor.

Thereafter, during the 50 and 60, it was common to hear it every time someone in a movie was shot, thrown over the cliff, burned, etc.

Although it was not until 1976 that the scream became a legend, when the sound designer Ben Burtt was joking with other technicians while was working in the movies Star Wars and Indiana Jones, and they agreed to insert “surreptitiously” every time they had the occasion. And he called Wilhelm Scream.

Since then, more than 200 films, TV shows and video games include the aforementioned scream whose author was kept secret until 2005, when The Times contacted the widow of actor and singer Sheb Wooley to inform her that her husband was the creator the Wilhelm Scream.

I’ll leave you here a video that is not wasted. How many times do I identify the scream?



Download here the sound effect | Wilhelm Scream Sample (1951)

Here’s the complete list of films as they appear in the video:

Distant Drums
Springfield Rifle
The Charge at Feather River
The Command
A Star is Born
The Sea Chase
Land of the Pharaohs
Helen of Troy
Sergeant Rutledge
The Green Berets
The Wild Bunch
Hollywood Boulevard
Star Wars: A New Hope
Star Wars: The Holiday Special
More American Graffiti
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
The Big Brawl
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
History of the World, Part I
Swamp Thing
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Howard the Duck
Nutcracker: The Motion Picture
Three Fugitives
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Gremlins 2
Beauty and the Beast
Batman Returns
Mom and Dad Save the World
Reservoir Dogs
A Goofy Movie
Die Hard: With a Vengeance
Toy Story
Dante’s Peak
The Second Civil War
The Fifth Element
Lethal Weapon 4
Small Soldiers
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
The Kid
The Little Mermaid II
Thirteen Days
Just Visiting
Planet of the Apes
Wet Hot American Summer
Osmosis Jones
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
The Majestic
Life or Something Like It
The Salton Sea
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
The Legend of Suriyothai
Cradle 2 The Grave
Tears of the Sun
Agent Cody Banks
A Man Apart
Pirates of the Caribbean
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
Under the Tuscan Sun
Kill Bill
Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Peter Pan
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!
Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
Ghost Rock
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Team America: World Police
I Am David
The Pacifier
The Ring 2
Sin City
Kingdom of Heaven
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Fantastic 4
Thank You For Smoking
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Get Rich or Die Tryin’
Aeon Flux
King Kong
16 Blocks
She’s the Man
Over the Hedge (9:02)
Monster House
Black Sheep
Flushed Away
Are We Done Yet?
The Invisible
Shrek the Third
License to Wed
Dragon Wars
30 Days of Night
Death Proof (10:01)
Resident Evil: Extinction
The Mist
The Water Horse
Meet the Spartans
Over Her Dead Body
Kung Fu Panda
Speed Racer
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Tropic Thunder
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Bolt (10:59)
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Monsters vs. Aliens
Inglourious Basterds
Princess Protection Program
The New Moon
Solomon Kane
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Toy Story 3
Despicable Me
Due Date
TRON: Legacy


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