1938 Unreleased Silent Film by Richard H. Lyford

FIND it on Turner Classic Movies (originally Broadcast Halloween 2021!)


“Not only is it a fascinating film with a wonderful score by Ed Hartman, but the director, Richard Lyford, went on to work on special effects at Disney. Ultimately it’s a small piece of film history that I think TCM viewers will appreciate.”

Charles Tabesh, Turner Classic Movies

"One of the most exciting discoveries in the archival offerings of Seattle International Film Festival...This is a festival must-see for fans of classic film. It’s a marvelous discovery."  

Seattle International Film Festival 

"Had Steven Spielberg been a 16-millimeter camera-toting teen in the 1930s, his home movies might have looked like “As the Earth Turns.”  

Michael Rechtshaffen, LA Times 

"As The Earth Turns is a standout piece of science fiction from the Silent Age. For those with an interest in the history of special effects, it's compelling viewing...it is brilliant in what it manages to achieve with the simple tools of the time...Berger's performance, however, is by far the most impressive in the film and very different in style from what one sees in older silent moves. It's a transitional turn, big enough to work without audible words but nuanced enough that one can imagine it working with them."

Jennie Kermode, eyeforfilm.co.uk 

"For film fans, this [As the Earth Turns] is like finding a lost Egyptian pyramid, after years of obscurity.  It's another piece of the puzzle that will remain in motion picture history forever!"  

Dana D Winseman, Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival (Outstanding Recognition Award)  

"As the Earth Turns is essential viewing."  

Stefan Milne, Seattle Met 

"The coolest sci-fi thriller screening at SIFF" (Seattle International Film Festival) 


“The musical score...beautifully complements the film and simultaneously sounds modern and retro.”  


"As the Earth Turns is rather beautifully filmed, with the director showing a genuine eye for framing and decent camerawork, while no corners seem to be cut to bring the story to life on a budget. And couple all of that with the film's very mature pacifist message while the world was actually on the brink of war, and you got yourself a pretty remarkable movie ..."  

Mike Haberfelner, searchmytrash.com  

"I just watched a movie that was 80 years in the making. “As the Earth Turns” was thoroughly enjoyable and I highly recommend this film. I especially recommend it for devotees of silent movies, sci-fi fans, movie historians, and those who loved Mel Brooks’ “Silent Movie” in 1976 and “The Artist” that won five Oscars in 2012 including best picture."  

Rene A. Henry, Caribbean News Global 

"I have seen many films made in the 1930s and I feel that “As the Earth Turns” is the best of the lot." 

Dr. Israel Drazin


"Ritual of the Dead" ("Mummy" style scene by Richard Lyford)

"The Scalpel" ("Jekyll-Hyde" style scene by Richard Lyford)

"It Gets in Your Blood" - Documentary about Richard Lyford by Ed Hartman.

Missing Footage, Lyford Home Movie and more...

"I cannot recommend the Blu-ray for AS THE EARTH TURNS highly enough. Not only do you get Lyford’s science fiction feature, but you also get some terrific bonuses like the remaining extant footage (at that time) of THE SCALPEL and RITUAL OF EVIL—which were newly scanned.  And the film scores for all three, composed and arranged by Ed Hartman, are terrific.

And there’s more. Also on the disc is the documentary about Richard Lyford, IT GETS IN YOUR BLOOD and a fun, comedic Richard Lyford short filmed around Christmas 1944 that also features his wife Betty. Finally, there is a brief intermission for a home video titled LET’S ALL GO TO THE KITCHEN. The music is also composed by Ed and if you didn’t know it you’d swear it was vintage music from the 1960s. The arrangement and choice of instrumentation is perfectly evocative of that period."

Gary Prange, Film Producer, Horror Film Expert

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123 Festivals, 136 Awards/Nominations

Including 34 for best score by Composer Ed Hartman

Soundtrack Release

Information about the film


Press Kit


Short Intro Video (1min)

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Digital Distribution: Indie Rights

(Inquiries: Private and theatrical screenings, etc.)

Trailer:  "It Gets In Your Blood" - documentary about Richard Lyford.

8th Sense Productions is currently working on a biopic, “The Filmmaker.”

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Home of Richard H. Lyford Productions Film Archives

Contact: Ed Hartman, Composer/Producer