[quote=“Paco Roman, post:4, topic:899”]I read most of the Karl May Books as a Child and I liked the movies too. There are often on German TV. So from time to time I still like to watch them even today, because these Movies have been a part of my Memory. The Landscapes of Croatia and the Music of Martin Boettcher are always great. Lex Barker as Old Shatterhand and Pierre Price as Winnetou are really Soft Heros against the Italian Anti-Heros. On Winnetou II I always must think of the scary performance of Klaus Kinski as a bandit. And I always liked Terence Hill and Karin Dor.
In the Book Winnetou II a scary Scout named Old Death appeard, very sad this strange Character never found his way to the movies. I’m not quite sure but I think Santer was also in the Novel Winnetou II and then again in Winnetou III. The Stories of the books are totally different of the Movies. Only Treasure of the Silverlake, Winnetou I and “Der Ölprinz”(but without Old Surehand) have some similarities to the novels.[/quote]
Santer sure was in the second Winnetou novel; I think he died at the end of the third
Apparently the survival of Santer was too much for Rialto films so they killed him in the first film
When Karl May published his books, people were more used to continuing stories, with villains and storylines that were transported from one novel to another; remember Old Surehand : it takes us several books to find out what exactly is his secret
Most classic novels of writers like Dickens or Balzac were published in weekly, or monthly, installments
Today we know, of course, the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings sagas, but in the early sixties it wouldn’t have been a good surprise to most people to see a villain like Santer survive a movie.