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Paul Sawtell

Film Score Composer

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August 1, 1971, Los Angeles, California, United States

Music director
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Paul Sawtell (3 February 1906 – 1 August 1971) was a Polish-born film score composer in the United States.


Sawtell began his career with RKO, and eventually joined Universal Pictures. Sawtell worked on many western and horror films, and also scored the Sherlock Holmes films The Pearl of Death and The Scarlet Claw. In the late 1940s, Sawtell returned to RKO. He also worked for various independent producers, including Eagle-Lion Films' production of T-Men (1947). He also composed and arranged the uncredited music for the Venice, Italy sequences in This is Cinerama (1952). In the late 1950s, Sawtell struck up an alliance with fellow film composer Bert Shefter and they produced many film scores together. Most notably they provided the music to classic science fiction and horror films including Kronos, It! The Terror from Beyond Space, Return of the Fly, The Lost World, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (in cooperation with producer Irwin Allen), and Jack the Giant Killer in 1962. In 1965 they composed some scores for the director Russ Meyer, such as the cult classic Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Motorpsycho. The last score they provided was for the Mexican film Emiliano Zapata in 1970 shortly before Sawtell's death. Perhaps Sawtell's best-known composition is the main theme for the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea TV series, adapted from Allen's 1961 feature film, for which Sawtell had written a different theme.

Sawtell was buried in Glendale, California's Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA by Neil Norman and his Cosmic Orchestra in Stereo

Selected filmography

  • The Pearl of Death (1944)
  • The Scarlet Claw (1944)
  • The Falcon in San Francisco (1945)
  • T-Men (1947)
  • River Lady (1948)
  • Return of the Bad Men (1948)
  • Hunt the Man Down (1950)
  • Kansas City Confidential (1953)
  • Rage at Dawn (1955)
  • Pawnee (1957)
  • Hell Ship Mutiny (1957)
  • The Black Scorpion (1957)
  • The Story of Mankind (1957)
  • Kronos (1957)
  • Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958)
  • It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)
  • The Fly (1958)
  • Return of the Fly (1959)
  • The Big Circus (1959)
  • The Lost World (1960)
  • The Big Show (1961)
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
  • Pirates of Tortuga (1961)
  • Jack the Giant Killer (1962)
  • Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962)
  • The Last Man on Earth (1964)
  • Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
  • Motorpsycho (1965)
  • Emiliano Zapata (1970)
  • The Gatling Gun (1971)
  • References

    Paul Sawtell Wikipedia

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