The Phil Silvers Show (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 ... See full summary »

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Won 8 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »
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 MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko / ... (142 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Col. John T. Hall / ... (142 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Cpl. Rocco Barbella / ... (141 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Cpl. Steve Henshaw / ... (141 episodes, 1955-1959)
Maurice Gosfield ...
 Pvt. Duane Doberman / ... (138 episodes, 1955-1959)
Herbie Faye ...
 Cpl. Sam Fender / ... (138 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Pvt. Dino Papparelli (138 episodes, 1955-1959)
Bernard Fein ...
 Pvt. Gomez / ... (136 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Pvt. Fielding Zimmerman (132 episodes, 1955-1959)
Jack Healy ...
 Pvt. Mullen (132 episodes, 1955-1959)
Maurice Brenner ...
 Pvt. Irving Fleischman / ... (131 episodes, 1955-1959)
Karl Lukas ...
 Pvt. Stash Kadowski (95 episodes, 1955-1958)
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 Pvt. Sugie Sugarman / ... (91 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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On 11 August 2009 the US Postal Service issued a pane of twenty 44¢ commemorative postage stamps honoring early USA television programs. A booklet with 20 picture postal cards was also issued. On the stamp honoring "The Phil Silvers Show", star Phil Silvers appears in character as Master Sergeant Ernest G. (Ernie) Bilko. Other shows honored in the Early TV Memories issue were: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), The Dinah Shore Show (1951), Dragnet (1951), "The Ed Sullivan Show" (originally titled The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)), The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950), Hopalong Cassidy (1952), The Honeymooners (1955), "The Howdy Doody Show" (original title: The Howdy Doody Show (1947)), I Love Lucy (1951), Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947), Lassie (1954), The Lone Ranger (1949), Perry Mason (1957), The Red Skelton Hour (1951), "Texaco Star Theater" (titled Texaco Star Theatre (1948), 1954-1956), The Tonight Show (which began as Tonight! (1953)), Twilight Zone (1959), and You Bet Your Life (1950). 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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The Court-Martial of Harry Speakup
31 January 2004 | by (San Jose, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

This is listed as one of the 50 funniest sitcom episodes, and it should be. Unfortunately, there seems to be one scene missing from the current version.

The premise of the show is that there will be an attempt to set a record for inducting civilians into the army. A monkey gets mixed up in the proceedings and is sworn in a Private Harry Speakup, so named when one of the cadre says, "Name," without looking up and another say, "Hurry, speakup!"

The missing scene is a podiatrist, looking at feet of the inductees behind a screen on a raised platform. Seeing the monkey's feet, he rubs his eyes and says something about eyestrain and, "Next!" This scene was deleted, probably because it's over-the-top, but the podiatrist reappears in the final scenes and says, "I knew something was wrong" and that makes no sense without the cut scene.

What makes it such a good comedy is that it is non-stop surprises and twists including the court-martial where Bilko as Harry's defender shoots down all of the army's reasons for discharging Harry.

It's up there with "Who's on first?" and Curly Howard's "Take your hat off." Neither of which runs anywhere near as long as the Court-Martial Of Harry Speakup.


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