Ben Lyon (February 6, 1901 â€“ March 22, 1979) was an United States film actor, and a 20th Century Fox studio executive.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Lyon entered films in 1918 after a successful appearance on Broadway opposite Jeanne Eagels. He attracted attention in the highly successful film Flaming Youth (1923), and steadily developed into a leading man. He was most successfully paired with some of the leading actresses of the silent era including Pola Negri, Gloria Swanson, Colleen Moore, Barbara La Marr, Viola Dana, Anna Q. Nilsson, Mary Astor and Blanche Sweet.
His greatest success as an actor came in 1930 with the film Hell's Angels. The film was a major success and brought Jean Harlow to prominence, but Lyon's performance as an heroic World War I aviator was also highly regarded. For the next decade he was constantly in demand, but his popularity began to wane by the early 1940s.
By the mid 1940s he was working for 20th Century Fox. In 1946 he met a young aspiring actress named...
Hell's Angels is a 1930 film directed by Howard Hughes.
In 1929, aviation mogul Howard Hughes, fresh off the Oscar nomination for his film The Racket, decided to make his next film about the dogfighters of World War I and their "magnificent airplanes" as Hughes called them. Hughes poured money into the production, which he named Hell's Angels, filling it with death-defying airplane stunts, international locations, and scenes in Multicolor (print by Technicolor and the Handschiegl Color Process) all of which worked to eventually make the production cost $3.8 million.
Originally, the film was to star James Hall and Ben Lyon as Roy and Monte Rutledge, and Norwegian silent film star Greta Nissen as Helen, the female lead, and was to be directed by Marshall Neilan. Before the picture even began filming, Hughes' overbearing production techniques forced Neilan to quit. Hughes took over the directing reins, assisted by Luther Reed. Midway through production, the advent of the sound motion... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020960