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April 15th, 2018

This is actually a sound clip I have a MASSIVE love affair with. I know this particular sound from the PC Game "Driver: You Are The Wheelman". But, there's more to it than just that. It was actually used in NUMEROUS car chases of the '70s and 80s. So far, this is ALL I found it in:
1. The French Connection (1971)
2. Vanishing Point (1971)
3. Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972-1985)
4. M*A*S*H (1972-1983)
5. Shaft's Big Score (1972)(high pitched variant)(heard in trailer at least, I don't know if it's in the final movie or not).
6. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
7. The Last American Hero (1973)
8. The Seven-Ups (1973)
9. 99 and 44/100% Dead (1974)(heard in trailer at least, I don't know if it's in the film itself or not)
10. The Towering Inferno (1974)
11. Race With The Devil (1975)
12. The French Connection II (1975)
13. The Kansas City Massacre (1975)
14. Cannonball (1976)
15. Gator (1976)
16. Silver Streak (1976)
17. Damnation Alley (1977)
18. Smokey & the Bandit (1977)(original mono soundtrack only)
19. Wizards (1977)
20. The Driver (1978)
21. Hooper (1978)
22. The Hunter (1980)(heard in trailer at least, I don't know if it's in the film itself or not)
23. The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show (1980)(heard in the episode "Get Along Little Jerry")
24. Eyewitness (1981)(heard in trailer but NOT the final film)
25. The Fall Guy (1981-1986)(heard in the Season 3 episodes "Dirty Laundry" and "The Last Drive").
26. Cagney and Lacey (1982-1988)(variant/possible alternate take)(heard in the Season 3 episode "Unusual Occurrence" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79ef8...)
27. The Soldier (1982).
28. Impulse (1984)(heard in trailer but NOT in the final film)
29. The Terminator (1984)(ONLY in the original mono mix)
30. Commando (1985).
31. Mischief (1985)
32. The Man with One Red Shoe (1985)
33. Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)(heard in trailer but NOT in the final film)
34. Maximum Overdrive (1986)(heard in trailer at least, I don't know if it's in the film itself or not)
35. Killer Clowns from Outer Space (1988)
Of these 35 titles, 19 of them are 20th Century Fox productions, which indicates to me that they created it. 13 of these titles have this sound effects guy who went by the name of Theodore Soderberg, indicating that it was probably his sound. To further prove that the sound originally belonged to Soderberg, according to his Wikipedia article, he was active from 1970-1986, which happens to be close to the same of the years in which the Movies/TV Shows it was heard in were released (1971-1988). However, Soderberg isn't the ONLY guy I believe was connected to it, as there's probably another: Don J. Bassman, whose name appears in the credits of "The Kansas City Massacure" (1975), which utilized it 10 times!

The earliest known films that it's heard in (The French Connection and Vanishing Point) were released in 1971. While it's very likely that this was when the sound byte was originally recorded, it's pure speculation, as it has yet to be fully confirmed. However, what is clear is that all the known early titles it showed up in are 20th Century Fox films, indicating that 20th Century Fox was the only production company that utilized it within the first 3 years of its existence. It would not be until 1974 when The Towering Inferno was released to theaters when another movie production company (Warner Brothers in this case) gained access to it. The latest known usage for it was in the 1988 horror film, "Killer Clowns from Outer Space", though it's not fully confirmed that this was when it was last utilized.

However, considering that nobody bothers to claim ownership of the sound byte, I simply took it upon myself to not only adopt it for my own sound effects library, but also to go ahead with utilizing it in my OWN movies, including my first full-length film, "Return of the Black Thrasher: The Movie" (2009) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1toxsP-T9h4)! I even have it as my default notification sound on my Android mobile phone! I swear to God that there's no better car crash sound effect than the sound byte I speak of. Oh, even now, I'm STILL looking for this sound byte in other movies. Also, here's a link to an article on Sound Effects Wiki about the sound: https://soundeffects.wikia.com/wiki/CAR_CRASH_HEAVY%2C_GLASS_SHATTER_AFTER_IMPACT_(20th_Century_Fox) This I took it upon myself to create, since I could never find one.
NOTE: This is not actually the original sound file from the game itself, but rather part of it combined with the equivalent from the trailer of "The Seven-Ups" (1973) to better match the original master copy, since the original "Driver" sound file is somewhat truncated. Technically speaking, this is one of my sound effect creations, since I created this sound file by splicing two different sounds together. However, to tell you the truth, there's nothing I can tell you about the copyright status of this sound. I'm actually trying to find that out myself. I really wish I could tell you, but I honestly don't know if this sound is copyrighted or not. It hasn't been used in real movies since the late 1980s, so it's very unlikely that it's still copyrighted as far as I know. Even with the smallest chances that it is still copyrighted despite not having been utilized in movies in over 3 decades, it's beyond my knowledge. What I said about it being connected to 20th Century Fox is purely my theory; I DID NOT read any of it online!

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