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 / ... (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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You'll Never Get Rich  »

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Originally, the series was filmed like a play. The cast had to memorize the entire script and the scenes were filmed in one take, in sequence, in front of a studio audience. When Michael Todd made a guest appearance in the second season, he insisted on the episode being filmed like a movie, out of sequence, multiple takes, with no audience. Silvers and the crew found Todd's way was faster, cheaper and less demanding for the actors, so the series changed over to this new policy. The episodes were screened for audiences of military servicemen, whose responses were recorded and added to the shows. 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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classic......
28 July 2004 | by (stockton - on tees, England.) – See all my reviews

As time goes on comedies come and go, some stand up to the test of time and some do not. Both the Brits and the Americans have made their share of funny shows: 'Fawlty Towers', 'Frasier', 'Cheers','The Office' etc, but if one show deserves to be the 'daddy' of all comedies then i think 'The Phil Silvers Show' is it! Just even thinking of Sgt Ernie Bilko makes me smile! Mr Silvers played this character to the max along with the rest of the cast. It still pops up from time to time on British t.v., usually at about 2 'o' clock in the morning or something! But if i'm still up and about i will always watch it, with a beer or two, and laugh my a*s off at the funniest comedy character ever created!


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