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)
Maurice Gosfield ...
 Pvt. Duane Doberman / ... (139 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Cpl. Sam Fender / ... (139 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Pvt. Dino Papparelli (139 episodes, 1955-1959)
Bernard Fein ...
 Pvt. Gomez / ... (137 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Pvt. Fielding Zimmerman (133 episodes, 1955-1959)
Jack Healy ...
 Pvt. Mullen (133 episodes, 1955-1959)
Maurice Brenner ...
 Pvt. Irving Fleischman / ... (132 episodes, 1955-1959)
Karl Lukas ...
 Pvt. Stash Kadowski (96 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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You'll Never Get Rich  »

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Paul Ford often forgot his exact lines which allowed Phil Silvers to improvise during many of the scenes between BILKO and COL. HALL. Both men always stayed in character however, it was usually the other actors in the scene who laughed ruining the scene. 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 Number One Sitcom on British TV!!
25 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In the massive and essential "Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy" the editor Mark Lewisohn includes his personal Top 20 Sitcoms of all time on British TV. His Number One is not a British production, but it is a show that has been part of the BBC schedules for nearly 50 years, and is an important element of British television heritage.

"The Phil Silvers Show" - or "Bilko" as it is usually known - has been and remains a sitcom with a unique feature that makes it Number One (or close to that) for lovers of good comedy. That feature is Phil Silvers, who was a comedy performer of undeniable genius. He dominates every moment that he is on that small screen, and even then he is complemented by wonderful performances by a host of other regular characters - Colonel Hall, Doberman, Ritzic, and the rest.

To celebrate 50 years since this historic show began on US TV, a new DVD box-set has been produced. On the three discs there are 21 complete episodes, plus some great extras, including the original pilot show never shown on British TV, revealing commentaries by Dick Van Dyke and other members of the cast, and other Phil Silvers appearances and interviews. A must-have for the DVD collections of all comedy lovers.


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