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Cool Hand Luke 'Tar Sequence' / News Theme

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Published on Dec 9, 2008

I got in an argument with Darrin Verhagen one time about the origin of the Australian National Nine News theme. I argued that it was a cue from the Paul Newman movie Cool Hand Luke; he swore that it was by the Argentinian composer Lalo Shifrin. Shifrin is famous for the blistering 5/4 Mission Impossible theme.

As it happens we were both right: Shifrin wrote the score for Cool Hand Luke. If you've never seen it, I urge you to: it's a bloody good film, one of my favourites. I'm uploading this clip because I've never been able to find a good quality recording of this cue on Youtube, which hardly seems right.

According to Wikipedia this cue "was the longtime theme for the Eyewitness News broadcasts on New York station WABC-TV and other ABC affiliates, as well as National Nine News in Australia."

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