Title supplied by cataloger. Douglas Shearer was born on November 17, 1899 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the brother of actress Norma Shearer. He was a pioneer sound designer and recording director who played a key role in the advancement of sound technology for motion pictures. In the early 1920s. He was a significant innovator in the advancement of sound technology in film, including the development of a sophisticated recording system that eliminated unwanted background noise during sound recording. Shearer held several patents. He was nominated for Academy Awards 21 times, winning 7 times for sound and special effects. He died on January 5, 1971. Photograph caption dated May 5, 1954 reads "Douglas Shearer (left) many times Academy Award winner as head of M-G-M sound department, yesterday received an unexpected honor--honorary membership in the Association of Motion Picture Pilots from association president Paul Franklin. The award, first ever given by the exclusive association, was accorded Shearer for his contribution to the pictorial history of aeronautical development. a licensed pilot for the past 25 years, Shearer is a regular commuter in his own plane from his ranch in San Diego County to Culver City. " The two men are shown with the certificate. Several of Shearer's Academy Awards can be seen behind them on a shelf.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm. Photographic prints
Franklin, Paul,--1899-1980 Shearer, Douglas,--1899-1971 Shearer, Douglas,--1899-1971--Awards Shearer, Norma,--1902-1983--Family Inventors--United States Screenwriters--United States Academy Awards (Motion pictures) Men--California--Los Angeles Group portraits Portrait photographs Los Angeles Evening Herald Express photographs Herald-Examiner Collection photographs