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Douglas G. Shearer (November 17, 1899 - January 5, 1971) was a pioneer sound designer and director who played a key role in the advancement of sound technology for motion pictures. November 17 is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece. ... 1899 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... January 5 is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ...


Shearer was born in Montreal, Quebec to a prominent upper class family, but his family fell on hard times after his father's business failed and ultimately it led to his parents separating. Douglas remained with his father in Montreal while his two younger sisters, Norma and Athole moved to New York City with their mother. This article needs cleanup. ... Norma Shearer (August 10, 1902 - June 12, 1983) was an American actress born in Montreal, Quebec. ... Athole Shearer (November 20, 1900 _ March 17, 1985) was an actress most noted as the sister of motion picture star Norma Shearer and film sound engineer Douglas Shearer. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ...


Unable to afford university, Douglas Shearer left school, working at a variety of jobs until he visited his sisters who by then had relocated to Hollywood, California in the early 1920s. Deciding to remain there, he found a job at MGM Studios and began to pursue his interest in the creation of sound in film. This interest lead to a forty year association with the film business in which he was a significant innovator in the development and perfecting of sound technology in motion pictures. One of his many contributions included the development of a sophisticated recording system that eliminated unwanted background noise during sound recording. Over his long career, Douglas Shearer was nominated for an Academy Award a total of twenty-one times, winning seven times for Sound and Special Effects. In 1955, he was appointed MGM's director of technical research and by the time he retired in 1968 he had won an additional seven Scientific or Technical Academy Awards. For other uses, see Hollywood (disambiguation) Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the City of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that runs from about Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to... Sometimes referred to as the Roaring Twenties. Events and trends Technology John T. Thompson invents Thompson submachine gun, also known as Tommy Gun. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... 1955 is a common year starting on Saturday. ... Since 1931, an Academy Award for Scientific or Technical work in motion pictures has been given in three categories: Scientific or Technical Merit - a statuette Scientific and Engineering Achievement - a plaque Technical Achievement - a citation Categories: Academy Awards ...


Douglas Shearer died in Culver City, California. Some of the citations he earned over his illustrious career were: Culver City sign, at the northeast corner of the Sepulveda Boulevard and Centinela Avenue intersection, near the 405 and the 90 freeway interchange. ...


Academy Award for Sound (Wins):

Academy Award for Best Special Effects (Wins): There is also the compilation album The Great Caruso The Great Caruso is a 1951 film starring Mario Lanza and Ann Blyth. ... The 1906 San Francisco earthquake is the historical background for San Francisco, a 1936 movie romance between a gambling hall tycoon, played by Clark Gable, and a promising but poor singer. ... Naughty Marietta is a musical comedy, with libretto by Rida Johnson Young and music by Victor Herbert, which opened on Broadway on November 7, 1910: one of its best-known songs is Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life. ... This article refers to the 1930 film, not the University of Michigan Stadium. ...


Academy Award for Sound (Nominations): Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo is a 1944 film based on a novel of the same name with Van Johnson, Susan Hayward and Spencer Tracy as Gen. ...


Academy Award for Best Special Effects (Nominations): They Were Expendable is a war film released in 1945. ... Madame Curie is a 1943 biographical film which tells the story of Polish- French physicist Marie Curie. ... Mrs. ... Viva Villa! is a 1934 movie that was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. ...

See also: Other Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood Mrs. ... Boom Town (1940) was a Hollywood motion picture starring Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Claudette Colbert. ... The main title card from the opening credits of MGMs The Wizard of Oz. ... Motion pictures have been a part of the Canadians. ...


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Douglas Shearer (280 words)
Douglas remained with his father in Montreal while his two younger sisters, Norma and Athole moved to New York City with their mother.
Unable to afford university, Douglas Shearer left school, working at a variety of jobs until he visited his sisters who by then had relocated to Hollywood, California in the early 1920s.
In 1955, Douglas Shearer was appointed MGM’s director of technical research and by the time he retired in 1968, he had won several Academy Awards and Academy citations for scientific and technological advances within the movie industry.
Douglas Shearer (267 words)
Douglas remained with his father in Montreal while his two younger sisters, Norma and Athole[?] moved to New York City with their mother.
Unable to afford university, Douglas Shearer left school, working at a variety of jobs until he visited his sisters who by then had relocated to Hollywood, California in the early 1920s.
In 1955, Douglas Shearer was appointed MGM’s director of technical research and by the time he retired in 1968, he had won several Academy Awards and Academy citations for scientific and technological advances within the movie industry.
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