Paul Sawtell

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Gilve, Poland
Polish-born composer and violinist, under contract at RKO from 1938, initially writing music for serialised B-movies, including the 'Mexican Spitfire' and 'Falcon' series. In the 1940's, he free-lanced for several of the lesser studios, such as Eagle-Lion and Republic, before joining Universal in 1944. There, Sawtell scored two noteworthy entries in the Basil Rathbone Nigel Bruce 'Sherlock Holmes' cycle of

films: The Pearl of Death (1944) and The Scarlet Claw (1944). He later returned to RKO and wrote several scores in collaboration with Roy Webb, including several 'Tarzan' outings for producer Sol Lesser. Read more...