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Saturday, April 03, 2010


I've only just learnt of the passing of two more composers from the Golden years of Hollywood. Nathan Scott and Paul Dunlap may not have been on the A-list, but both men were very active in the '40s, '50s and '60s; the former scoring all kinds of low budget films in the early days, especially westerns, but his best known score is maybe for 1948's Wake of the Red Witch. Later, he went on to work in television on well-known series like Dragnet, Laramie, The Twilight Zone, The Virginian, Have Gun Will Travel, Rawhide, Gunsmoke and Lassie. He died on February 27th at the age of 94.

Paul Dunlap got his start in the '50s, working on films like 1952's The San Francisco Story and Big Jim McLain, and also scored his fair share of westerns, including 1957's Dragoon Wells Massacre but, during those years, he was increasingly sought out for the horror genre, composing for films like I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, How to Make a Monster and Frankenstein - 1970. He continued scoring low budget fare throughout the '60s, working on a number of Three Stooges movies and sci-fi, like Cyborg 2087, Destination Inner Space and Dimension 5. His last assignment was for 1980's Gorp. He died on 11th March at the age of 90.


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