Douglas Shearer

Sound technician, Studio department head, Studio director of technical research
Assistant in MGM's camera department who headed the studio's sound department with the advent of talkies in the late 1920s. Shearer emerged as one of the great pioneers in his field, introducing a host of innovations ... Read more »
Born: 11/17/1899 in Westmount, Quebec, CA

Filmography

Sound (60)

Executive Suite 1954 (Movie)

(Sound)

The Long, Long Trailer 1954 (Movie)

sound recording (Sound)

The Band Wagon 1953 (Movie)

(Sound)

Big Leaguer 1952 (Movie)

(Sound)

Singin' in the Rain 1952 (Movie)

Recording Supervisor (Rerecording)

Cause For Alarm 1951 (Movie)

(Sound)

Too Young to Kiss 1951 (Movie)

Recording Supervisor (Recording Engineer)

The Asphalt Jungle 1950 (Movie)

(Sound)

Adam's Rib 1949 (Movie)

Recording Supervisor (Sound Recordist)

Act of Violence 1948 (Movie)

(Sound)

Sea of Grass 1947 (Movie)

(Sound)

The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946 (Movie)

(Sound)

Red Dust 1931 (Movie)

sound recording (Sound)

Doughboys 1930 (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Free and Easy 1930 (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

The Champ 1930 (Movie)

(Sound)

Hollywood Revue of 1929 1929 (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

A Lady to Love (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

A Lady without Passport (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Border Incident (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Broadway Melody of 1940 (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Come Live with Me (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Du Barry Was a Lady (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Eyes in the Night (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Forsaking All Others (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Hold Your Man (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

I Love You Again (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

It's a Wonderful World (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Key to the City (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Kid Glove Killer (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Living in a Big Way (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Lord Jeff (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Olympia (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Paid (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Peg O' My Heart (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Personal Property (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Polly of the Circus (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Private Lives (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Show Boat (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Slightly Dangerous (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

The Barkleys of Broadway (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

The Big Store (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

The Bribe (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

The Broadway Melody (Movie)

(Sound Director)

The Girl in White (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

The Last Gangster (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

The Mortal Storm (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

The Secret of Madame Blanche (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

The Shining Hour (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

The Stratton Story (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Thousands Cheer (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Today We Live (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Trader Horn (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Two Sisters from Boston (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Unholy Partners (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Waterloo Bridge (Movie)

(Sound Director)

We Were Dancing (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Young Dr. Kildare (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Biography

Assistant in MGM's camera department who headed the studio's sound department with the advent of talkies in the late 1920s. Shearer emerged as one of the great pioneers in his field, introducing a host of innovations during his 40 year career with MGM, including means of reducing soundtrack noise, perfecting recording techniques, and development of MGM's Camera 65 wide-screen system. He gained recognition for his work on such films as "The Big House" (1930), "San Francisco" (1936), "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" (1944), and "The Great Caruso" (1951). He was MGM's director of research from 1955 until his retirement in 1968.

Relationships

Andrew Shearer

Father
born c. 1864 died in 1944 assumed father's business, which later failed divorced from Shearer's mother later remarried c. 1931 second wife's name was Elizabeth

Norma Shearer Actor

Sister
Popular star of the 1920s and 30s Oscar-winner for "The Divorcee" (1930) married to producer Irving Thalberg from 1927 until his death in 1936

Edith Shearer

Mother
born in 1873 in Islington, Ontario, Canada left husband after his business failed and he was unable to provide for them

Athole Shearer

Sister
at one time married to film director Howard Hawks later institutionalized with mental health problems

James Shearer

Grandfather
grew up in northern highlands of Scotland moved to Canada in 1843

Milestones

1955

Served as director of technical research with MGM

Became head of MGM's sound department in late 1920s

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