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''Der Schatz im Silbersee'' (''The Treasure of Silver Lake'') is a West German-Yugoslav co-production from 1962, the first of the so-called Kraut Westerns of the 1960s, adapted from a Creator/KarlMay novel of the same name. Director Harald Reinl, having to a large extent defined the popular genres of post-WorldWarII West German cinema with ''Heimatfilme'', war films, and [[Film/EdgarWallaceFilms Edgar Wallace thrillers]], now set his sights on the works of the popular adventure novelist (1842-1912). Produced by Horst Wendlandt for 3.5 million marks, it was the most expensive German post-war movie up until then.

In an effort to increase international sales, it was decided to give the part of the leading hero, Old Shatterhand, to American actor Lex Barker, while Frenchman Pierre Brice was cast as Literature/{{Winnetou}}, the noble Apache chief. Since costs of filming the story in the American Southwest were prohibitive, it was decided to shoot the film (and its sequels) in Yugoslavia, which offered some spectacular landscapes that could double for America with the addition of a few fake cacti etc.

The "Tramps", a bunch of desperadoes led by the nasty "Colonel" Brinkley (Herbert Lom), kill the owner of half a map leading to a treasure near Silver Lake. The victim's son, Fred Engel (Götz George), sets off in hot pursuit, running into Old Shatterhand. They accompany him to the homestead owned by the resolute Mrs. Butler (Marianne Hoppe), where they are met by Patterson, owner of the second half of the map, and his daughter Ellen (Karin Dor). But the Colonel also wants the other half of the map, and soon the Butler farm is under attack, only to be saved in the nick of time by an Osage war party brought by Winnetou. But the Colonel escapes with many of his men.

The good guys now set out to find the treasure of Silver Lake ahead of the Tramps, going through the land of the Utahs. The Colonel had massacred a Utah village, so the Utahs regard the other group as enemies. But after Old Shatterhand defeats their chief Great Wolf in personal combat, they smoke the peace pipe and offer their help. Unfortunately the Colonel in the meantime succeeded in capturing Fred and Ellen, and now knows where to find the treasure. Leaving his captives behind, he and a few trusted men cross Silver Lake to a cave, where the treasure is guarded by an old blind Indian guardian. The Colonel strikes him down, but then the sight of the pile of gold is too much and the Tramps knock the Colonel out and start to fight among themselves for the treasure. But the Colonel comes to and quickly guns them all down. But in his moment of triumph the dying guardian pulls a chain which sets off a mechanism which hurtles the treasure and all into a mud-filled pit where the Colonel dies.

Back on the other side of the lake, the good guys succeed in freeing Fred and Ellen and overcoming their guards. In the final shot, Winnetou and Old Shatterhand are paddling off in a canoe, onwards to new adventures!

The commercial success of ''Der Schatz im Silbersee'' at the time was noticed by the ''Cahiers du Cinéma'', who called it a "Black Forest Western", and even across the Atlantic, where TheWestern was at that time once again seen as a dying genre. The film was followed by a {{prequel}},
* ''Literature/{{Winnetou}} I'' (1963), and several {{sequel}}s:
* ''Old Shatterhand'' (1963, produced by a different company, but with the same actors)
* ''Literature/{{Winnetou}} II'' (1964)
* ''Unter Geiern'' (Beneath Vultures, 1964) -- in the latter, Winnetou was accompanied not by Old Shatterhand, but by Stewart Granger as Old Surehand.
* ''Literature/{{Winnetou}} III'' (1965), in which Winnetou dies. Because of that, the following films were prequels again, the first two with Stewart Granger reprising the role of Old Surehand:
* ''Der Ölprinz'' (The Oil Prince, 1965)
* ''Old Surehand'' (1965). After that, Lex Barker returned for:
* ''Winnetou und das Halbblut Apanatschi'' (Winnetou and the Half-Breed Apanatchi, 1966); then came Rod Cameron for:
* ''Winnetou und sein Freund Old Firehand'' (Winnetou and His Friend Old Firehand, 1966); and the final one with Lex Barker:
* ''Winnetou und Old Shatterhand im Tal der Toten'' (Winnetou and Old Shatterhand in the Valley of the Dead, 1968).

Many of the later films were co-produced in Italy and co-starred Italian actors. The success of the Kraut Western is often seen as a midwife to the birth of the {{Spaghetti Western}}s. It also provided the spark that made the East German DEFA decide to produce a series of ideologically more correct ''[[Film/DEFAWesterns Indianerfilme]]'' ("Indian movies") of its own. All of these starred Gojko Mitic in the lead, a Yugoslavian actor whose first part in a Western had been chief Wokadeh in ''Unter Geiern''.
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!! ''Der Schatz im Silbersee'' provides examples of:

* TheCavalry: Inverted. Here the plucky settlers are waiting for the Indians to save them from the evil white guys.
* LoveInterest: Fred Engel and Ellen Patterson.
* MacGuffin: The [[DismantledMacGuffin treasure map]] and [[NoMacGuffinNoWinner the treasure itself]].
* PluckyComicRelief:
** Sam Hawkens (Ralf Wolter) and Gunstick Uncle.
** Lord Castlepool, the butterfly-collector who joins Winnetou's and Old Shatterhand's party. He is actually a very accurate shot.
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* RunningGag: People keep shooting whatever hat Lord Castlepool is wearing of his head, starting with a pith helmet. In the final attack, he puts on his nightcap.
* TheWestern
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''Der Schatz im Silbersee'' (''The Treasure of Silver Lake'') is a West German-Yugoslav co-production from 1962, the first of the so-called Kraut Westerns of the 1960s, adapted from a Creator/KarlMay novel of the same name. Director Harald Reinl, having to a large extent defined the popular genres of post-WorldWarII West German cinema with ''Heimatfilme'', war films, and [[Film/EdgarWallaceFilms Edgar Wallace thrillers]], now set his sights on the works of the popular adventure novelist (1842-1912). Produced by Horst Wendlandt for 3.5 million marks, it was the most expensive German post-war movie up until then.

In an effort to increase international sales, it was decided to give the part of the leading hero, Old Shatterhand, to American actor Lex Barker, while Frenchman Pierre Brice was cast as Literature/{{Winnetou}}, the noble Apache chief. Since costs of filming the story in the American Southwest were prohibitive, it was decided to shoot the film (and its sequels) in Yugoslavia, which offered some spectacular landscapes that could double for America with the addition of a few fake cacti etc.

The "Tramps", a bunch of desperadoes led by the nasty "Colonel" Brinkley (Herbert Lom), kill the owner of half a map leading to a treasure near Silver Lake. The victim's son, Fred Engel (Götz George), sets off in hot pursuit, running into Old Shatterhand. They accompany him to the homestead owned by the resolute Mrs. Butler (Marianne Hoppe), where they are met by Patterson, owner of the second half of the map, and his daughter Ellen (Karin Dor). But the Colonel also wants the other half of the map, and soon the Butler farm is under attack, only to be saved in the nick of time by an Osage war party brought by Winnetou. But the Colonel escapes with many of his men.

The good guys now set out to find the treasure of Silver Lake ahead of the Tramps, going through the land of the Utahs. The Colonel had massacred a Utah village, so the Utahs regard the other group as enemies. But after Old Shatterhand defeats their chief Great Wolf in personal combat, they smoke the peace pipe and offer their help. Unfortunately the Colonel in the meantime succeeded in capturing Fred and Ellen, and now knows where to find the treasure. Leaving his captives behind, he and a few trusted men cross Silver Lake to a cave, where the treasure is guarded by an old blind Indian guardian. The Colonel strikes him down, but then the sight of the pile of gold is too much and the Tramps knock the Colonel out and start to fight among themselves for the treasure. But the Colonel comes to and quickly guns them all down. But in his moment of triumph the dying guardian pulls a chain which sets off a mechanism which hurtles the treasure and all into a mud-filled pit where the Colonel dies.

Back on the other side of the lake, the good guys succeed in freeing Fred and Ellen and overcoming their guards. In the final shot, Winnetou and Old Shatterhand are paddling off in a canoe, onwards to new adventures!

The commercial success of ''Der Schatz im Silbersee'' at the time was noticed by the ''Cahiers du Cinéma'', who called it a "Black Forest Western", and even across the Atlantic, where TheWestern was at that time once again seen as a dying genre. The film was followed by a {{prequel}},
* ''Literature/{{Winnetou}} I'' (1963), and several {{sequel}}s:
* ''Old Shatterhand'' (1963, produced by a different company, but with the same actors)
* ''Literature/{{Winnetou}} II'' (1964)
* ''Unter Geiern'' (Beneath Vultures, 1964) -- in the latter, Winnetou was accompanied not by Old Shatterhand, but by Stewart Granger as Old Surehand.
* ''Literature/{{Winnetou}} III'' (1965), in which Winnetou dies. Because of that, the following films were prequels again, the first two with Stewart Granger reprising the role of Old Surehand:
* ''Der Ölprinz'' (The Oil Prince, 1965)
* ''Old Surehand'' (1965). After that, Lex Barker returned for:
* ''Winnetou und das Halbblut Apanatschi'' (Winnetou and the Half-Breed Apanatchi, 1966); then came Rod Cameron for:
* ''Winnetou und sein Freund Old Firehand'' (Winnetou and His Friend Old Firehand, 1966); and the final one with Lex Barker:
* ''Winnetou und Old Shatterhand im Tal der Toten'' (Winnetou and Old Shatterhand in the Valley of the Dead, 1968).

Many of the later films were co-produced in Italy and co-starred Italian actors. The success of the Kraut Western is often seen as a midwife to the birth of the {{Spaghetti Western}}s. It also provided the spark that made the East German DEFA decide to produce a series of ideologically more correct ''[[Film/DEFAWesterns Indianerfilme]]'' ("Indian movies") of its own. All of these starred Gojko Mitic in the lead, a Yugoslavian actor whose first part in a Western had been chief Wokadeh in ''Unter Geiern''.
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!! ''Der Schatz im Silbersee'' provides examples of:

* TheCavalry: Inverted. Here the plucky settlers are waiting for the Indians to save them from the evil white guys.
* LoveInterest: Fred Engel and Ellen Patterson.
* MacGuffin: The [[DismantledMacGuffin treasure map]] and [[NoMacGuffinNoWinner the treasure itself]].
* PluckyComicRelief:
** Sam Hawkens (Ralf Wolter) and Gunstick Uncle.
** Lord Castlepool, the butterfly-collector who joins Winnetou's and Old Shatterhand's party. He is actually a very accurate shot.
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* RunningGag: People keep shooting whatever hat Lord Castlepool is wearing of his head, starting with a pith helmet. In the final attack, he puts on his nightcap.
* TheWestern
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15th Jun '13 3:33:12 PM MidnightMan
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''Der Schatz im Silbersee'' (''The Treasure of Silver Lake'') is a West German-Yugoslav co-production from 1962, the first of the so-called Kraut Westerns of the 1960s, adapted from a Karl May novel of the same name. Director Harald Reinl, having to a large extent defined the popular genres of post-WorldWarII West German cinema with ''Heimatfilme'', war films, and [[Film/EdgarWallaceFilms Edgar Wallace thrillers]], now set his sights on the works of the popular adventure novelist (1842-1912). Produced by Horst Wendlandt for 3.5 million marks, it was the most expensive German post-war movie up until then.

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''Der Schatz im Silbersee'' (''The Treasure of Silver Lake'') is a West German-Yugoslav co-production from 1962, the first of the so-called Kraut Westerns of the 1960s, adapted from a Karl May Creator/KarlMay novel of the same name. Director Harald Reinl, having to a large extent defined the popular genres of post-WorldWarII West German cinema with ''Heimatfilme'', war films, and [[Film/EdgarWallaceFilms Edgar Wallace thrillers]], now set his sights on the works of the popular adventure novelist (1842-1912). Produced by Horst Wendlandt for 3.5 million marks, it was the most expensive German post-war movie up until then.
26th Nov '12 3:12:32 PM Aiguille
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* ComicRelief: Sam Hawkens (Ralf Wolter) and Gunstick Uncle.



* PluckyComicRelief: Lord Castlepool, the butterfly-collector who joins Winnetou's and Old Shatterhand's party. He is actually a very accurate shot.

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* PluckyComicRelief: PluckyComicRelief:
** Sam Hawkens (Ralf Wolter) and Gunstick Uncle.
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Lord Castlepool, the butterfly-collector who joins Winnetou's and Old Shatterhand's party. He is actually a very accurate shot.
13th Feb '12 1:12:26 PM LordGro
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13th Feb '12 1:11:31 PM LordGro
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''Der Schatz im Silbersee'' (''The Treasure in Silver Lake'') is a West German-Yugoslav co-production from 1962, the first of the so-called Kraut Westerns of the 1960s, adapted from a Karl May novel of the same name. Director Harald Reinl, having to a large extent defined the popular genres of post-WorldWarII West German cinema with ''Heimatfilme'', war films, and [[Film/EdgarWallaceFilms Edgar Wallace thrillers]], now set his sights on the works of the popular adventure novelist (1842-1912). Produced by Horst Wendlandt for 3.5 million marks, it was the most expensive German post-war movie up until then.

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''Der Schatz im Silbersee'' (''The Treasure in of Silver Lake'') is a West German-Yugoslav co-production from 1962, the first of the so-called Kraut Westerns of the 1960s, adapted from a Karl May novel of the same name. Director Harald Reinl, having to a large extent defined the popular genres of post-WorldWarII West German cinema with ''Heimatfilme'', war films, and [[Film/EdgarWallaceFilms Edgar Wallace thrillers]], now set his sights on the works of the popular adventure novelist (1842-1912). Produced by Horst Wendlandt for 3.5 million marks, it was the most expensive German post-war movie up until then.
13th Feb '12 1:04:12 PM SeptimusHeap
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* FakeBrit: Eddi Arent as Lord Castlepool.
* FakeNationality: Somewhat subverted, as many characters actually are German immigrants to the US. But obviously Lex Barker, Pierre Brice, and the Yugoslavian extras playing the Indians.
* HeyItsThatGuy: The Colonel is played by [[ThePinkPanther Inspector Dreyfus]]; incidentally, Czech-born Herbert Lom spoke German fluently and did not have to be dubbed. Also, Karin Dor went on to star in ''You Only Live Twice'' and ''Topaz'' and Ralf Wolter in ''One, Two, Three''. Karin Dor stars as a completely different character in ''Literature/{{Winnetou}} II''.
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