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The Charge at Feather River

Promotional poster advertising the release of the film in 3-D
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Produced by David Weisbart
Written by James R. Webb
Starring Guy Madison
Frank Lovejoy
Helen Westcott
Vera Miles
Dick Wesson
Onslow Stevens
Steve Brodie
James Brown
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography J. Peverell Marley
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) 1953
Running time 95 min
Country United States
Language English

The Charge at Feather River is a 1953 Western film directed by Gordon Douglas.

The movie is most notable for originating the name of the "Wilhelm scream", a sound effect used in the Star Wars series, as well as countless other movies. Sound designer Ben Burtt named the sound after "Pvt. Wilhelm", a minor character in the film who emits the famous scream after being shot by an arrow (although the recording actually originated in the film Distant Drums in 1951). The film was released in 2-D and in 3-D.

The climax of the film has many similarities to the Battle of Beecher's Island, though instead of Army Frontier Scouts, Madison's character recruits "the Guardhouse Brigade" from Army prisoners and arms them with repeating rifles.

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