"Quick Watson, The Camera" Seventy-Five Years of News Photography

By: Delmar Watson

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Delmar Watson is a member of a family of child actors who appeared in more than 1,000 films in the early days of Hollywood. With nine brothers and sisters, the studios "knew we had kids of all sizes," Watson told the LA Times in 1968. "When they wanted a kid, they'd come over and grab one of us. Pretty soon we were all working steady." He recalls that he had parts in more than 77 movies by the time he was 7, and appeared in more than 300 films during his youth. The 1937 film Heidi, has Watson portraying Peter, Shirley Temple's goat-herding friend. Delmar and three brothers played several sons of the governor in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, the 1939 movie that starred Jimmy Stewart. Watson's father, Coy had his own start in show business by breaking horses for cowboy stars, and eventually he got into special effects. In the 1924 film "The Thief of Baghdad," Coy designed Douglas Fairbanks' flying carpet, considered an engineering marvel at the time. Delmar worked regularly in the movies until the early 1940s and was one of four brothers to serve as a Coast Guard cameraman during World War II. Eventually, he joined his brothers in another family business -- news photography. His grandfather, James Watson, shot pictures of Buffalo Bill riding up Broadway in Los Angeles in 1904. In 1917 uncle George Watson, became the first full-time news photographer hired by the Los Angeles Times. George later left the paper to run Acme News Pictures, a forerunner of United Press Photos, and trained his nephews there. After the war all six brothers worked as press, newsreel or television photographers. In the 1940s and '50s, a Watson brother could be found at four of the five Los Angeles metropolitan dailies. According to several accounts of the family's history the brothers were such infamous pranksters that no newspaper would hire more than one at a time for fear of mayhem. Daniel Watson, a nephew and a fourth-generation photographer, called his uncle "a newsman who used a camera to tell a story." The book is inscribed to Jo Mosher by five Watson brothers - Delmar, Coy, Gary, Bill, and Harry, & Patriarch, George Watson. Included are14 press photos & snapshots of Delmar, Harry, et al at a memorial service in Sherman Oaks for writer Will Fowler, and photos of the Watson clan cutting up at the Hollywood Press Club.

Title: "Quick Watson, The Camera" Seventy-Five Years of News Photography

Author Name: Delmar Watson

Categories: Hollywood, Journalism, Signed,

Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: Los Angeles, Delmar Watson: 1975

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Book

Inscription: Inscribed by Author(s)

Size: 4to

Seller ID: o50