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Finding Aid for the Paul Sawtell Collection, 1939-1964
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Paul Sawtell Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1939-1964
    Collection number: 239
    Creator: Sawtell, Paul
    Extent: 247 boxes (123.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Music scores for film and television by Paul Sawtell, and other documents and photographs relating to his life and career.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact Performing Arts Special Collections for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Collection is stored off-site and advance notice is required for access.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights in the physical objects belong to the UCLA Music Library. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish if the Performing Arts Special Collections does not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Paul Sawtell Collection, 239, Performing Arts Special Collections Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Processing Information

    Processed by: Performing Arts Special Collections staff, 2004

    Biography

    Born February 3, 1906 in Poland, Paul Sawtell started his career at RKO studios, then moved to Universal, where his first assignment was The Pearl of Death, part of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes series. He returned to RKO during the second half of the 1940s and also worked for various independent producers, such as Aubrey Schenk at Eagle Lion, and Harry Sherman at United Artists. In 1951 he began a relationship with producer/director Irwin Allen when he scored the Oscar-winning documentary The Sea Around Us. Begining in the late '50s, Sawtell became extremely busy scoring science fiction films such Kronos, It! The Terror From Beyond Space, The Black Scorpion, and The Fly, amid his usual spread of Westerns and dramas. He joined Irwin Allen's production team, scoring films such as The Story of Mankind, The Big Circus, The Lost World, Five Weeks in a Balloon, and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. During the 1960s, he remained busy in features, co-writing the music for such familiar science fiction titles as the Italian-made The Last Man on Earth starring Vincent Price, but by the middle of the decade he had largely moved to television, working on Allen's series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, for which he wrote the well-known title theme. He died on August 1, 1971.

    Scope and Content

    Music scores for film and television by Paul Sawtell, and other documents and photographs relating to his life and career.