Sgt. Ernie Bilko is the ultimate con man. He runs the motor pool at a small Kansas US Army Camp. Colonel Hall, nominally in charge of the base tries to keep Bilko's plans in check. Bilko ... See full summary »

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Won 8 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
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 MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko / ... (143 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Cpl. Rocco Barbella / ... (143 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Col. John T. Hall / ... (143 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Cpl. Steve Henshaw / ... (143 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Pvt. Dino Papparelli (139 episodes, 1955-1959)
Maurice Gosfield ...
 Pvt. Duane Doberman / ... (139 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Cpl. Sam Fender / ... (139 episodes, 1955-1959)
Bernard Fein ...
 Pvt. Gomez / ... (137 episodes, 1955-1959)
Jack Healy ...
 Pvt. Mullen (134 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Pvt. Fielding Zimmerman (133 episodes, 1955-1959)
Maurice Brenner ...
 Pvt. Irving Fleischman / ... (132 episodes, 1955-1959)
Karl Lukas ...
 Pvt. Stash Kadowski (97 episodes, 1955-1958)
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 Pvt. Sugie Sugarman / ... (92 episodes, 1955-1959)
Jimmy Little ...
 MSgt. Francis Grover (61 episodes, 1955-1959)
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Sgt. Ernie Bilko is the ultimate con man. He runs the motor pool at a small Kansas US Army Camp. Colonel Hall, nominally in charge of the base tries to keep Bilko's plans in check. Bilko runs every money making scheme that he thinks he can pull off. Midnight cruises on Landing Craft, Tank Rides, Poker games, and an interesting deal with local service stations for spare parts for jeep tires. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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20 September 1955 (USA)  »

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You'll Never Get Rich  »

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Never before available but now available on the 1st season 5-DVD set, is the unaired pilot called "You'll Never Get Rich" from Nat Hiken's private collection archives. This never broadcast pilot had the late great Jack Warden in the Allan Melvin role of Cpl. Steve Henshaw. When the real pilot was aired, it was re-titled "The New Recruits" with newcomer Allan Melvin replacing Jack Warden as Cpl. Henshaw. It kept the same storyline of Bilko needing to raise money in order to get in a big poker game. Melvin stayed with the series throughout it's entire run. See more »

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MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko: You said "but". I've put the finger on the whole problem. You're a "but" man. Don't say "but". That little word "but" is the difference between success and failure.
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Referenced in Happy Days: Give the Band a Hand (1974) See more »

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A Genius in the art of TV comedy acting
1 June 2003 | by (Wolverhampton, England) – See all my reviews

Sargent Ernie Bilko is one of the few American comedy TV characters that I can say is a pure joy to watch, and Phil Silvers plays him to the max, never have a I seen such delivery of quick fire lines that are presented in these classic comedy shows, thank god it's on British TV quite a lot, so I have managed to record most of the episodes, watching these wonderful shows has taken me out of many depressions and put a smile back on my face, I hope that Americans appreciate him, i think that it should be compulsary viewing to all people who need a lift of spirits, God bless you Phil.


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