Philip Martell

Philip Martell

Known for: Sound
Biography: 1907-10-06
Deathday: 1993-08-11 (85 years old)

Biography

Philip Martell (6 October 1907 – 11 August 1993) was a British composer, arranger, musical director, orchestra leader, and most notably head of music at Hammer Studios.

Born in Whitechapel and brought up in the East End, Martell began to play the violin at the age of five, enrolling at the Guildhall School of Music in 1919, aged 11. After graduation he began working in the West End of London as leader and then conductor, and also became involved with the early film industry, arranging sequences of classical music to accompany silent films. But as sound came to films in the 1930s Martell returned to the theatre, and also formed his own orchestra, The Forum Orchestra, in 1936. By the early 1950s he was conducting London productions of top musicals and shows, such as Love From Judy (Saville Theatre, September 1952), After the Ball (Globe Theatre, 1954) and Free as Air (Savoy Theatre, 1957).Martell received his first film credit as musical director in 1949 on Val Guest's Murder at the Windmill and was both musical director and composer of the film score to Guest's Miss Pilgrim's Progress (1950). He was sponsored by Guest to join Hammer Studios in 1954. He succeeded John Hollingsworth as musical director after Hollingsworth's death in 1963, and also composed the scores to the 1966 Lindsay Shonteff film Run with the Wind , the 1968 Hammer film The Anniversary, starring Bette Davis and (with Don Ellis) Moon Zero Two (1969).

Like his colleagues Ernest Irving (at Ealing), Muir Mathieson (at Denham) and Hubert Clifford (at the London Film Studios), Martell engaged a wide variety of leading musicians to contribute scores, including classical concert music composers still young and not yet skilled in film music, such as Don Banks, Richard Rodney Bennett, Wilfred Josephs, John McCabe, Paul Patterson, and Malcolm Williamson. He also engaged more experienced film composers such as Malcolm Arnold, Elisabeth Lutyens and James Bernard. Martell was an advocate of using the largest orchestra obtainable from the film's budget. "On horrors as a rule you need a lot of brass", he said. However, in his later work he shifted more towards jazz and pop idioms.Martell also composed TV music and conducted the London Casino Orchestra. In the 1970s he was living at 23 Woodland Gardens, London, NW10. He died in London aged 86.

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Filmography

all 65

Movies 65

Director 22

Music Director
The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes (1979)

Movie
Conductor
The Uncanny

The Uncanny (1977)

Movie
Music Supervisor
The Ghoul

The Ghoul (1975)

Movie
Music Director
The Spiral Staircase

The Spiral Staircase (1975)

Movie
Music Supervisor
Shatter

Shatter (1974)

Movie
6
Music Supervisor
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

Movie
5.26
Music Supervisor
Fear in the Night

Fear in the Night (1972)

Movie
Music Supervisor
Straight On Till Morning

Straight On Till Morning (1972)

Movie
Music Supervisor
Mutiny on the Buses

Mutiny on the Buses (1972)

Movie
4.85
Music Supervisor
Vampire Circus

Vampire Circus (1972)

Movie
6
Music Supervisor
Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde

Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971)

Movie
3.5
Music Supervisor
Twins of Evil

Twins of Evil (1971)

Movie
4.83
Music Supervisor
Creatures the World Forgot

Creatures the World Forgot (1971)

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6
Music Supervisor
Countess Dracula

Countess Dracula (1971)

Movie
6
Conductor
Never Go with Strangers

Never Go with Strangers (1971)

Movie
Music Supervisor
The Horror of Frankenstein

The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)

Movie
5.42
Music Supervisor
The Vampire Lovers

The Vampire Lovers (1970)

Movie
5.42
Additional Music / Music Supervisor
Taste the Blood of Dracula

Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

Movie
5.45
Music Director
The Spy Killer

The Spy Killer (1969)

Movie
Music Supervisor
The File of the Golden Goose

The File of the Golden Goose (1969)

Movie
Music Director
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

Movie
5.65
Music Supervisor
Hostile Witness

Hostile Witness (1968)

Movie
Music Supervisor
The Devil Rides Out

The Devil Rides Out (1968)

Movie
4.75
Music Supervisor
The Lost Continent

The Lost Continent (1968)

Movie
Music Supervisor
The Vengeance of She

The Vengeance of She (1968)

Movie
Music Supervisor
The Anniversary

The Anniversary (1968)

Movie
Music Supervisor
Quatermass and the Pit

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Movie
4.64
Conductor
Torture Garden

Torture Garden (1967)

Movie
Music Director
Danger Route

Danger Route (1967)

Movie
Conductor
They Came from Beyond Space

They Came from Beyond Space (1967)

Movie
Music Supervisor
The Mummy's Shroud

The Mummy's Shroud (1967)

Movie
4.96
Conductor
The Deadly Bees

The Deadly Bees (1966)

Movie
Composer
Run with the Wind

Run with the Wind (1966)

Movie
Music Supervisor
Rasputin: The Mad Monk

Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)

Movie
Conductor
The Psychopath

The Psychopath (1966)

Movie
Music Director
Die, Monster, Die!

Die, Monster, Die! (1965)

Movie
4.5
Music Supervisor
The Nanny

The Nanny (1965)

Movie
1
Conductor
The Skull

The Skull (1965)

Movie
Music Director
Spaceflight IC-1

Spaceflight IC-1 (1965)

Movie
Conductor
A High Wind in Jamaica

A High Wind in Jamaica (1965)

Movie
Music Supervisor
She

She (1965)

Movie
Music Supervisor
Fanatic

Fanatic (1965)

Movie
4
Conductor
Do You Know This Voice?

Do You Know This Voice? (1964)

Movie
Music Director
Walk a Tightrope

Walk a Tightrope (1964)

Movie
Music Supervisor
The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb

The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964)

Movie
5.5
Conductor
The Horror of It All

The Horror of It All (1964)

Movie
Conductor
The Evil of Frankenstein

The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)

Movie
4
Conductor
Witchcraft

Witchcraft (1964)

Movie
Music Director
Boy With a Flute

Boy With a Flute (1964)

Movie
Music Director
Dead Man's Evidence

Dead Man's Evidence (1962)

Movie
Music Director
Captain Clegg

Captain Clegg (1962)

Movie
3.75
Music Director
The Snake Woman

The Snake Woman (1961)

Movie
Music Director
The Third Alibi

The Third Alibi (1961)

Movie
Music Director
Doctor Blood's Coffin

Doctor Blood's Coffin (1961)

Movie
6
Music Director
Jackpot

Jackpot (1960)

Movie
Music Director
The Surgeon's Knife

The Surgeon's Knife (1957)

Movie
Music Director
The Hide-Out

The Hide-Out (1956)

Movie
Orchestrator
Find the Lady

Find the Lady (1956)

Movie
Music Director
Guilty?

Guilty? (1956)

Movie
Music Director
One Good Turn

One Good Turn (1955)

Movie
Composer
Harmony Lane

Harmony Lane (1954)

Movie
Music Director
Adventure in the Hopfields

Adventure in the Hopfields (1954)

Movie
Music Director
The Large Rope

The Large Rope (1953)

Movie
Music Director
Women of Twilight

Women of Twilight (1953)

Movie
Composer
Miss Pilgrim's Progress

Miss Pilgrim's Progress (1949)

Movie

Ratings

Average 5.6
Based on 150 Thousand movie and tv ratings over time
1949
1964
1966
1964
1979
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Information

Known For
Sound

Gender
Male

Birthday
1907-10-06

Deathday
1993-08-11 (85 years old)

Citizenships
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, United Kingdom


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