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Flying high
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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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
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 1763
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

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