Monstrous Movie Music: HELLGATE (1952) - LOST CONTINENT (1951) - Paul Dunlap

HELLGATE (1952)
LOST CONTINENT (1951)
Music composed by Paul Dunlap

Released By: MONSTEROUS MOVIE MUSIC

Hellgate and Lost Continent [MMM-1972] presents the first film music album by the great Paul Dunlap, who is best known for his horror and sci-fi scores of the 1950s. Hellgate is a fabulous 1952 Lippert western, with a fine cast that includes Sterling Hayden, Joan Leslie, Ward Bond, and James Arness.  Everyone involved in this film rose to the occasion, and that included the composer, who wrote a powerhouse score capturing the drama and romance of this very moving post-Civil War tale.  About 35 minutes of the soundtrack survived on acetate recordings, and it’s an excellent introduction to Dunlap’s artistry, as it covers a wide range of of the prodigious composer's talents.

5/5  Much respect to this grand release it holds your attention as all of Dunlap's releases do from all of his collective works. Here we get a taste of more of two scores, I sometime feel that I enjoy this style of score... It fits a retro feel and you all know I am really a fan of this label and their achievements.
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

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1 comment:

Maurice Mitchell said...

Acetate? What a find! The sound quality is great considering. This is a great introduction to a composer I've never heard of.