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20 September 1955 (USA) See more »
Sgt. Ernie Bilko is the ultimate con man. He runs the motor pool at a small Kansas US Army Camp. Colonel Hall... See more »
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Won 8 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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The Number One Sitcom on British TV!! See more (22 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 14 of 147)

Phil Silvers ... MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko / ... (142 episodes, 1955-1959)

Paul Ford ... Col. John T. Hall / ... (142 episodes, 1955-1959)

Harvey Lembeck ... Cpl. Rocco Barbella / ... (141 episodes, 1955-1959)

Allan Melvin ... Cpl. Steve Henshaw / ... (141 episodes, 1955-1959)

Billy Sands ... Pvt. Dino Papparelli (138 episodes, 1955-1959)
Maurice Gosfield ... Pvt. Duane Doberman / ... (137 episodes, 1955-1959)

Herbie Faye ... Cpl. Sam Fender / ... (137 episodes, 1955-1959)
Bernard Fein ... Pvt. Gomez / ... (136 episodes, 1955-1959)

Mickey Freeman ... Pvt. Fielding Zimmerman (131 episodes, 1955-1959)
Jack Healy ... Pvt. Mullen (131 episodes, 1955-1959)
Maurice Brenner ... Pvt. Irving Fleischman / ... (130 episodes, 1955-1959)
Karl Lukas ... Pvt. Stash Kadowski (94 episodes, 1955-1958)

Terry Carter ... Pvt. Sugie Sugarman / ... (90 episodes, 1955-1959)
Jimmy Little ... MSgt. Francis Grover (60 episodes, 1955-1959)

Series Directed by
Al De Caprio (142 episodes, 1955-1959)
Aaron Ruben (31 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Writing credits
Nat Hiken (142 episodes, 1955-1959)
Terry Ryan (61 episodes, 1955-1959)
Billy Friedberg (42 episodes, 1956-1959)
Arnie Rosen (42 episodes, 1956-1959)
Coleman Jacoby (41 episodes, 1956-1959)
Tony Webster (21 episodes, 1956-1957)
Neil Simon (20 episodes, 1958-1959)
Phil Sharp (18 episodes, 1956-1958)
Barry E. Blitzer (17 episodes, 1955-1956)
Leonard Stern (9 episodes, 1956)
A.J. Russell (8 episodes, 1957-1958)
Sydney Zelinka (8 episodes, 1957-1958)
Arnold M. Auerbach (5 episodes, 1955-1956)
Harvey Orkin (4 episodes, 1956)
Vin Bogert (2 episodes, 1956-1958)
Aaron Ruben (2 episodes, 1956-1957)

Series Produced by
Edward Montagne .... producer (67 episodes, 1956-1959)
Nat Hiken .... producer (61 episodes, 1955-1957)
Series Original Music by
Hank Sylvern (2 episodes, 1955)
Series Cinematography by
William Miller (123 episodes, 1955-1959)
Series Film Editing by
Ray Sandiford (103 episodes, 1956-1959)
Sy Singer (10 episodes, 1955-1956)
Series Art Direction by
Richard Jackson (97 episodes, 1956-1959)
Don Gilman (18 episodes, 1955-1956)
Albert Brenner (3 episodes, 1955)
Robert Rowe Paddock (2 episodes, 1956)
Series Set Decoration by
Jack Landau (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Series Makeup Department
Bob Kelly .... makeup artist (31 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Production Management
M. Clay Adams .... production manager (56 episodes, 1955-1957)
Edward Montagne .... production supervisor / unit manager (43 episodes, 1955-1957)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter R. Scoppa .... assistant director (31 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Art Department
Jack Landau .... settings (1 episode, 1955)
Series Sound Department
Jim Shields .... recording engineer (120 episodes, 1955-1959)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Griffin .... wardrobe (31 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Editorial Department
Ray Sandiford .... film editor (4 episodes, 1956-1958)
Sy Singer .... film editor (2 episodes, 1955)
Series Music Department
John Strauss .... composer: theme music / music supervisor / ... (142 episodes, 1955-1959)
Carlo Savina .... composer: stock music (79 episodes, 1955-1958)
Umberto Gelassi .... composer: stock music (58 episodes, 1955-1958)
Jack Shaindlin .... composer: stock music (42 episodes, 1955-1958)
Earl Rogers .... vocal music conductor / composer: stock music (3 episodes, 1956)
Hank Sylvern .... composer: stock music (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Alec Templeton .... composer: stock music (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Series Other crew
Kevin Pynes .... assistant to producer / production coordinator / ... (120 episodes, 1955-1959)
Billy Friedberg .... writing supervisor (65 episodes, 1956-1959)
George Kennedy .... technical advisor (52 episodes, 1956-1959)
Nat Hiken .... staged by (48 episodes, 1955-1957)
Aaron Ruben .... staged by (24 episodes, 1956-1958)
Charles Friedman .... staged by (8 episodes, 1957)

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Also Known As:
"You'll Never Get Rich" - USA (first episodes title)
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30 min (143 episodes)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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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)), "The Twilight Zone" (1959), and "You Bet Your Life" (1950).See more »
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.See more »
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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The Number One Sitcom on British TV!!, 25 June 2006
Author: Geoffrey Parfitt ( from United Kingdom

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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