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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 2 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 14 of 146)

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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Although the ratings were still good in the show's final season, it was canceled by CBS because they wanted to sell the reruns in syndication. At the time, it was believed that a series could not still be in production in order to do well in reruns. The reruns were sold to NBC and aired continuously for 40 years.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 26 people found the following review useful.
classic......, 28 July 2004
Author: ( from stockton - on tees, England.

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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