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Release Date:
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 1 win & 10 nominations See more »
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From What I've Seen, A Brilliant Sitcom-Why Isn't It on DVD? See more (22 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 14 of 144)

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 (135 episodes, 1955-1959)
Aaron Ruben (37 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 (16 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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In 2003 "The Radio Times" named this as the top TV sitcom, above other classic shows such as "Fawlty Towers" (1975) and "Seinfeld" (1989).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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24 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
From What I've Seen, A Brilliant Sitcom-Why Isn't It on DVD?, 8 January 2004
Author: Raymond Valinoti, Jr. ( from Murray Hill, NJ

I regret that I have only seen a fraction of the episodes of THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW. But those that I have seen confirms the show's reputation as an authentic television classic. Consider the star, Phil Silvers as Sgt. Ernie Bilko. Was there a more lovable conniver? His joy in his scheming was so droll and endearing one couldn't help but root for him. Yet Bilko never wanted to hurt anyone and whenever he learned any plan could hurt someone, he wouldn't go through with it. Silvers' ruefulness at such moments was as delightful as his ecstasy.

Silvers was backed by a delightful supporting cast. Particularly memorable were Maurice Gosfeld as the innocent Private Duane Doberman and Paul Ford as Bilko's flustered superior Colonel John Hall. Joe E. Ross got his big break as the gruff but lovable Sgt. Rupert Ritzik. Producer Nat Hiken would later team up Ross with Fred Gwynne in the police sitcom CAR 54 WHERE ARE YOU? And what hilarious, inventive scripts that so deftly served those performers. I'm no prude but I consider such riotous episodes like "The Trial of Harry Speakup" and "The Face on the Recruiting Poster" proof that writers don't have to stoop to raunchiness to generate laughs. The problem with today's television sitcoms is that they often indulge in gratuitous filth.

With so many old sitcoms coming out on DVD today, isn't it about time for DVD episode guides of THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW? Why should DVD users be denied access to, from what episodes I've seen, a wonderful show? Such a treasure does not deserve oblivion.

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