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Life with the Lyons

Life with the Lyons(1956)

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The Catalog of Copyright Entries lists the registration date of this film as March 9, 1953, but the actual registration was April 13, 1956. When Life with the Lyons opened in Britain in 1954, it ran 81 minutes. The The Exhibitor review lists the running time as 78 minutes. However, the cutting continuity included in copyright records lists the running time as 64 minutes, the approximate running time of the print viewed. The order of the opening and closing cast credits differs. A modern source adds Freddie Pearson to the crew credits as producer's assistant.
       Americans Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels, who married in 1930, were major stars in silent and early sound films. They later settled in Britain, where they became great favorites in music halls and on radio. When World War II began, they sent their children back to the U.S., but elected to remain in Britain. They continued their radio show, Hi Gang!, during the war and endeared themselves to the British public by performing many shows for the troops. Lyon, a veteran pilot, flew with the British Royal Air Force as a combat pilot and was later decorated by the Queen for his wartime service.
       A new show, Life with the Lyons, began on BBC radio in 1951; according to a modern source, the screenplay for the film was based on episodes from the radio show. The same source also states that the Lyons' contract called for them to receive a percentage of the film's profits. After the film's successful release, the Lyons began a long-running, BBC television series, also titled Life with the Lyons. Another film, The Lyons in Paris, was released in Britain in 1955, but was not distributed in the U.S.