Lippert Pictures who usually produced films of not really good quality, did a very fine docudrama on a joint effort by the United States Air Force and the Department of Agriculture dropping bales of hay over several thousand square miles of northern Nevada to feed cattle and sheep. This film was no doubt a great recruiting tool for the newly formed Air Force. The story that accompanied the scenes of Haylift was easy to take as well.
And the story was about two brothers Bill Williams and Tom Brown who are partners in a ranch. Williams is married to Ann Rutherford and has Tommy Ivo as a son. Brown is recently out of the service, but his heart is really in the flying he left behind. When he decides to go back in the service, Williams takes it real personal. In fact he acts like one incredible jerk about it.
Joe Sawyer who also wrote the screenplay is the local Ponderosa owner in that part of Nevada and he takes the lead in coordinating the dropping of the hay. The scenes of the frozen Nevada winter and the actual airlift were remarkably photographed.
Lest anyone think that this is dated material I would remind people about the efforts of our armed services and local national guard in places like New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Operation Haylift is one of the best things to come out of poverty row studio Lippert Pictures.
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