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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 MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko / ... (142 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Cpl. Rocco Barbella / ... (142 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Col. John T. Hall / ... (142 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Cpl. Steve Henshaw / ... (142 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)
P. Jay Sidney ...
 Pvt. Palmer (57 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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You'll Never Get Rich  »

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The first three seasons were filmed in New York City at creator-producer Nat Hiken's insistence. When Hiken left the show, the production was moved to Los Angeles. 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 Red Dwarf: The Tank - Series VIII (2006) See more »

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The father of British comedy
4 November 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This show has been running almost non stop on British TV since the fifties, and so it should. Its one of the funniest shows to have come out of the USA and has probably influenced more British comedians than anything else. Made in the days when a real audience actually laughed in the right places, at a razor sharp cast who appeared to love what they were doing.


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