The Treasure of the Silver Lake ()

Der Schatz im Silbersee (original title)
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In their first cinematic adventure, Apache chief Winnetou and mountain man Old Shatterhand pursue a gang of murderous outlaws who will stop at nothing to find the legendary treasure of Silver Lake.


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Old Shatterhand
Colonel Brinkley
Fred Engel
Ellen Patterson
Mrs. Butler
Lord Castlepool
Ralf Wolter ...
Sam Hawkens
Sima Janicijevic ...
Patterson (as Jan Sid)
Ilija Ivezic ...
Mirko Boman ...
Gunstick Uncle
Branko Spoljar ...
Doc Jefferson Hartley
Milivoj Stojanovic ...
Slobodan Dimitrijevic ...
Rollender Donner
Grosser Wolf
Velimir Chytil ...
Woodward (as Velimir Hitil)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hans-Walter Clasen ...
Hilton (uncredited) (voice)
Hartley (uncredited) (voice)
Rudolf Fenner ...
Knox (uncredited) (voice)
Großer Wolf (uncredited) (voice)
Woodward (uncredited) (voice)
Sime Jagarinac ...
Chief Osagen (uncredited)
Erwin Linder ...
Patterson (uncredited) (voice)
Rolf Mamero ...
Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
Gerd Martienzen ...
Gunstick Uncle (uncredited) (voice)
Vladimir Medar ...
Saloon-Wirt (uncredited)
Antun Nalis ...
Bruns (uncredited)
Horst Niendorf ...
Old Shatterhand (uncredited) (voice)
Herbert Stass ...
Winnetou (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

Harald Reinl

Written by

Karl May ... (novel)
Harald G. Petersson ... (screenplay) (as H.G. Petersson)

Produced by

Erwin Gitt ... executive producer
Zvonko Kovacic ... executive producer
Horst Wendlandt ... producer

Music by

Martin Böttcher

Cinematography by

Ernst W. Kalinke

Film Editing by

Hermann Haller

Production Design by

Dusan Jericevic

Costume Design by

Irms Pauli

Makeup Department

Charlotte Kersten ... makeup artist (as Charlotte Schmidt-Kersten)
Willi Nixdorf ... makeup artist

Production Management

Erwin Dräger ... unit production manager
Leif Feilberg ... production manager
Stipe Gurdulic ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Slavko Andres ... assistant director
Charles Wakefield ... assistant director
Radenko Ostojic ... second unit director (uncredited)

Sound Department

Erik Molnar ... sound

Special Effects by

Erwin Lange ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Richard Bergmayer ... assistant camera
Branko Ivatovic ... director of photography: second unit
Evo Dycke ... camera operator (uncredited)
Lothar Winkler ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Irms Pauli ... costume advisor

Additional Crew

Gerhard F. Hummel ... consultant (as Piet Ter Ulen)
Erich Schütze ... production accountant
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Plot Summary

In Arkansas, a stagecoach is robbed by Colonel Brinkley's gang. What the gang is really after is a treasure map one of the stagecoach passengers carries. However, Mr. Engel only has half the map. The other half of the treasure map is held by Engel's partner, a Mr. Patterson. Even so, the gang kills Engel and steal his half a map. Later, Fred Engel, the son of the murdered stagecoach passenger, seeks help to find his father's killers and retrieve the map. He contacts famous frontier scout Old Shatterhand and his Apache blood brother Winnetou. The three men set out to catch the killers. Fred Engel reveals to his two friends that his father's missing map pinpoints the location of a gold treasure at Silver Lake. They head toward the farm owned by Mr. Patterson, Engel's business partner. Patterson has the other half of the map and a daughter, Ellen, whom Fred is in-love with. Unfortunately, Colonel Brinkley's gang has the same idea of retrieving the other half of the treasure map, since the gang already has the first half of the map. Written by nufs68

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Also Known As
  • Le trésor du lac d'argent (France)
  • Blago u srebrnom jezeru (Yugoslavia, Serbian title)
  • The Treasure of the Silver Lake (World-wide, English title)
  • Treasure of Silver Lake (United States)
  • The Treasure of the Silver Lake (United States)
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  • 111 min
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Budget DEM2,900,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia This was the very first movie to receive the "Golden Screen" (Goldene Leinwand) for having over 3 million visitors within 12 months. It was awarded on 22 January 1964 at the Mathäser-Filmpalast, Munich. The movie also received the Bambi-award 1963 as best box-office-production, handed over on 19 April 1964 at the Schwarzwaldhalle, Karlsruhe. The movie also received a sum of 200.000 DM from the Federal Ministry of the Interior in 1963 as movie-prize. The main title by composer Martin Böttcher, the "Old Shatterhand-Melodie" was the most successful track in German hit-parades in the 1960ies, stayed there for several month and was sold with over 100.00 copies. For that time that was very unusual, especially for a film music-track without any singers. The music was played by members of the symphony-orchestra of the NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk = North German Radio). The theme later also was recorded as vocal track by several singers, including a version by the movie's actor Pierre Brice (Winnetou). The set-location was in Yugoslavia (that doesn't have any Alps, as some foreign critics seem to believe). "Der Schatz im Silbersee" was the first screening of a novel by Karl May set in the American West. Earlier movies after his novels were all set in the Near East. See more »
Goofs The mentioned butterfly Papilio polymnestor parinda is from Sri Lanka and not from North America. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Auf den Spuren Winnetous (2004). See more »

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