Sunday, May 18, 2008
Indiana Jones and The Wilhelm Scream
Quick, who's been in the most Hollywood movies? My money says the record goes to Sheb Wooley of Purple People Eater fame. Nobody's can prove he screamed for the soldier grabbed by an alligator in 1951's Distant Drums, but he had a bit part and did some dubbing.
It's called the Wilhelm Scream, from Charge at Feather River, the first movie known to have copied it. Since then it's been in classics, B-movies, cartoons and television shows including all of the Star Wars movies and the Indiana Jones franchise. The list goes on and on; it seems endless.
The movie is long forgotten, but the scream lives on. It's become a Hollywood inside joke.
Watch, or listen rather, for it in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The Wilhelm Scream is back.