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Paul Sawtell

Paul Sawtell



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Paul Sawtell's musical talents have contributed to a variety of Hollywood productions. Sawtell began his entertainment career with his music featured in films like "Wagon Train" (1940), the George Sanders mystery "The Gay Falcon" (1941) and "A Date With the Falcon" (1941). His music also appeared in "Scattergood Rides High" (1942) and the Lucille Ball western "Valley of the Sun" (1942). In the forties, Sawtell's music continued to appear on the silver screen, including in films like "For You I Die" (1948), the Dennis O'Keefe documentary "T-Men" (1948) and "Raw Deal" (1948). He appeared multiple times in Peter Jackson's epic "Lord of the Rings" franchise, including roles in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001), "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002). Sawtell's music was also featured in "Monkey on My Back" (1957) with Cameron Mitchell, the adaptation "The Deerslayer" (1957) with Lex Barker and the Ronald Colman comedic drama "The Story of Mankind" (1957). His music was also featured in "Stopover Tokyo" (1957) with Robert Wagner and the drama "Machete" (1958) with Mari Blanchard. Sawtell was most recently credited in "The Water Horse" (2007) with Emily Watson. Sawtell passed away in August 1971 at the age of 65.


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Paul Sawtell (February 3, 1906 - August 1, 1971) was a Polish film score composer. 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). 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, The Fly, Curse of the Fly, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (in cooperation with producer Irwin Allen), and It! The Terror from Beyond Space in 1958. 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.

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