December 4, 2008

"Great Expectations" in Chilling, Thrilling!

So last night I was watching a movie version of one of my favorite Dickens stories,
"Great Expectations" from 1946 (IMDB Listing). The story has one of my favorite Dickens characters, "Miss Havisham", a wealthy woman who was jilted on her wedding day and spent the rest of her life wearing her tattered wedding gown, sitting by her aged wedding cake, in her decaying mansion.
Sound a little familiar? Phantom Manor?

Anyway, near the end of the story, Miss Havisham's dress catches fire and she dies. To my surprise, Miss Havisham's movie scream was instantly recognizable as one of the more chilling screams used in the classic Disney album, "Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House"!

Here is the scene from the movie. Pip is running up the stairs to try to save Miss Havisham.

And here is the "Chilling, Thrilling" sound which actually plays twice.
Start listening at 24 seconds (0:24).

And of course, the screaming moan that follows the Havisham scream (0:32) is from the Disney Mickey Mouse classic, Lonesome Ghosts"

  sound on/off - Lonesome Ghosts


  1. Hey!

    I was just channel surfing and caught that scene from Great Expectations just as Miss Havisham's dress caught fire and thought to myself, "I know the scream! That’s from a Disney album I had as a kid!”

    So I Googled ‘great expectations disney scream’ and you’ll never guess what the first result was. Your blog, of course!

    I love it when I’m right.

    Glad to find your blog. I loves me a little Disneyana now and then and look forward to reading the rest of your posts.


    1. I know the Disney album very well and just saw the Great Expectations movie. I instantly recognized the scream as well. I'm so glad people posted info on this. Thanks!