Where does this sound effect (3 notes) come from?

It's used for dramatic effect, so I'm assuming an old and famous drama movie?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is about identifying the origin of a music cue in a viral video.
    – BCdotWEB
    Mar 12 '17 at 8:28
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    I Disagree. I think this is an audio trope that is interesting trivia.
    – M.Mat
    Mar 12 '17 at 9:41

This sting became famous again in June 2007 with this viral video:

A sting is a short musical phrase, primarily used in television shows and films as a form of punctuation—for example at the end of a scene, or as a dramatic climax is imminent. It can be played on a variety of instruments and performed by a group or orchestral ensemble.

The origins of the Sting are deeply rooted in classical music - namely Wagner - but when applied to drama they were first heard on Radio Shows.

The sting was used extensively in radio drama during the thirties as an audio cue indicating surprise or shock. It is difficult to find any sources on these claims but I personally find it plausible that this sting was composed during the French Vaudeville era (1880-1930) and every indication I can find suggests it is about as ambiguous (and public domain) as the drum-roll and that the exact origin is lost to history.

Which exact movie was the first to use it appears to be an impossible fact to determine, but it was undoubtedly used in cinematography during the forties and early fifties and certainly in many classic cartoons such as Tom & Jerry.

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