|Date of Birth||3 February 1906, Gilve, Poland|
|Date of Death||1 August 1971, Los Angeles County, California, USA|
Mini Bio (1)
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
In the 1950's, Sawtell formed a fruitful and (importantly, for the studios) cost-effective partnership with pianist/composer Bert Shefter. The duo worked on many low-budget horror and science fiction films, the best of which were for Irwin Allen, and included Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962) and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961). Sawtell also, on his own, scored the sci-fi cult classic The Fly (1958). His solo work was prolific - to say the least - including literally hundreds of credits as composer or musical director for film and television - his output apparently inspired by the need to provide alimony for several ex-wives!
- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis