Treasure of the Silver Lake

The Treasure of the Silver Lake (German: Der Schatz im Silbersee) is a 1962 German western film directed by Harald Reinl. It is very loosely based on Karl May's novel of the same name. It was shot in Yugoslavia and was the first in the highly successful Winnetou film series by Rialto Film.

The Treasure of the Silver Lake
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Directed byHarald Reinl
Produced byHorst Wendlandt
Written by
Music byMartin Böttcher
CinematographyErnst W. Kalinke
Distributed by
Release date
  • 14 December 1962 (1962-12-14) (West Germany)
  • 1 November 1965 (1965-11-01) (United States)
Running time
111 minutes
CountryWest Germany
Box office8.6 million (West Germany)
42 million tickets (worldwide)


Fred Engel's father is murdered by Colonel Brinkley in order to acquire a treasure map, however the Colonel only acquires half of it, the other half as held by Mrs. Butler. Discovering the scene of the crime, Old Shatterhand and Winnetou help Fred bring his father's murderer to justice and locate the treasure of Silver Lake.


Box officeEdit

It was the highest-grossing film of 1962 in West Germany, selling 10 million tickets and grossing 8.6 million.[1] In France, it was the 29th top-grossing film of 1963, selling 1,656,736 tickets.[2] In the Soviet Union, the film sold 39.8 million tickets.[3] This adds up to a total of 42,456,736 tickets sold worldwide.

The film was a phenomenal success, predating that of Sergio Leone's films. This helped provide a cultural and financial context for the later Spaghetti Western films.[4]


  1. ^ "Die erfolgreichsten Filme in Deutschland 1962" [The Most Successful Films in Germany in 1962]. Inside Kino (in German). 1962. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Der Schatz im Silbersee (1963) – France". JP's Box-Office (in French). Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Виннету – вождь апачей (Old Shatterhand)". KinoPoisk (in Russian). Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Treasure of Silver Lake Review". The Spaghetti Western Database. Retrieved 29 June 2020.

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