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Hans J. Salter (January 14, 1896 – July 23, 1994) was an American film composer.

He was born in Vienna, Austria and died in Los Angeles.

He composed mainly for Universal, most famously for horror and science fiction films. His most celebrated scores include The Wolf Man (1941), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1953) and The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957). Much of his output for Universal was uncredited, as it became stock music, used time and time again in minor pictures. Notable non-horror scores include the Western Bend of the River (1953) and the Swashbuckler Against All Flags (1952).



  • Hans J. Salter: "Als ich 1937 nach Hollywood kam, lag das Land noch immer in tiefster Depression". In: Christian Cargnelli, Michael Omasta (eds.): Aufbruch ins Ungewisse. Österreichische Filmschaffende in der Emigration vor 1945. Vienna, Wespennest: 1993.

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