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Bert Shefter

Bert Shefter (May 15, 1902 – June 29, 1999) was a Russia-born film composer who worked primarily in America.

His first work in film was as musical director for the production One Too Many in 1950.

In the late 1950s, Shefter struck up an alliance with fellow film composer Paul Sawtell and they produced many film scores together.[1] Most notably they provided the music to classic science fiction and horror films including Kronos (1957), It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958), Return of the Fly (1959), The Lost World (1960), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961, in cooperation with producer Irwin Allen), and Jack the Giant Killer (1962). 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.

He retired in 1975 and died in 1999 at the age of 97.

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