Dragnet

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Dragnet
Composer Miklós Rózsa
Released 1946-08-28
Title Origin Official

Dragnet is a popular instrumental tune that has become synonymous with cop dramas. Although the Dragnet theme that most people know about is credited to Walter Schumann, the theme originally comes from a tune in the 1946 movie The Killers which was composed by Miklós Rózsa. Schumann, perhaps inadvertently, used the same tune for Dragnet. This resulted in a legal dispute which ended in Miklós Rózsa receiving royalties. Due to becoming so popular, the Dragnet theme found its way into various other film and video games.

Games

Donkey Kong (ARC)

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Donkey Kong (ARC)
Arranger Hirokazu Tanaka
Released 1981-??-??
Format UNK
Loops No

This appears to be the first known video game to use the Dragnet theme.

Pitfall! (A26)

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Pitfall! (A26)
Output - TIA.svg
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Arranger David Crane
Released 1982-??-??
Length 0:02
Format UNK

The first couple bars of the Dragnet theme is played when Harry dies. The tune is rendered on the TIA.

Donkey Kong (NES)

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Donkey Kong (NES)
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Arranger Yukio Kaneoka
Released 1983-07-15
Format NSF
Loops No

The first two bars of Dragnet is played when you start a new game in Donkey Kong. The song is track 2 in the NSF file and is rendered on the RP2A03. The FDS version of the game features the same song, although it is track 1 in its NSF file.

Donkey Kong (C64)

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Donkey Kong (C64)
Arranger Douglas Dragin
Released 1983-??-??
Format SID
Loops No


Donkey Kong 3 (ARC)

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Donkey Kong 3 (ARC)
Arranger Hirokazu Tanaka
Released 1983-??-??
Format UNK
Loops No

A slightly modified version of Dragnet is played when you die in Donkey Kong 3.

Donkey Kong 3 (NES)

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Donkey Kong 3 (NES)
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Arranger Hirokazu Tanaka
Released 1984-07-04
Format NSF
Loops No

A slightly modified version of Dragnet is played when you die in Donkey Kong 3.

Donkey Kong: Imagine (C64)

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Donkey Kong: Imagine (C64)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1986-??-??
Format SID
Loops No


Incredible Shrinking Sphere (C64)

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Incredible Shrinking Sphere (C64)
Arranger Anthony Lees
Released 1989-??-??
Format SID
Loops No


Road Runner (NES)

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Road Runner (NES)
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Arranger Gavan Anderson
Released 1989-??-??
Length 0:02
Format NSF
Loops No


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