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"The Phil Silvers Show" Bilko's Tax Trouble (1956)

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Original Air Date:
4 December 1956 (Season 2, Episode 12)
Bilko mistakenly receives a letter of investigation from the Bureau of Internal Revenue and has to prove his "innocence". Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Phil Silvers ... MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko

Harvey Lembeck ... Cpl. Rocco Barbella

Paul Ford ... Col. John T. Hall
Maurice Gosfield ... Pvt. Duane Doberman

Allan Melvin ... Cpl. Steve Henshaw (as Allen Melvin)
Walter Cartier ... Pvt. Claude Dillingham
Herbie Faye ... Cpl. Sam Fender (as Herby Faye)
Bernard Fein ... Pvt. Gomez (as Bernie Fein)

Mickey Freeman ... Pvt. Fielding Zimmerman
Karl Lukas ... Pvt. Stash Kadowski
Jack Healy ... Pvt. Mullen
Maurice Brenner ... Pvt. Irving Fleischman

Billy Sands ... Pvt. Dino Papparelli
P. Jay Sidney ... Pvt. Palmer (credit only) (as P.J. Sidney)
Elisabeth Fraser ... MSgt. Joan Hogan
Alan Hewitt ... Mr. Drummond
Dan Frazer ... Mr. Tom Elliott
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Terry Carter ... Pvt. 'Sugie' Sugarman (uncredited)

Jane Kean ... WAC Marion (uncredited)
Hope Sansberry ... Mrs. Nell Hall (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Al De Caprio 
Writing credits
Nat Hiken (created by)

Nat Hiken (written by) and
Leonard Stern (written by) and
Billy Friedberg (written by) and
Tony Webster (written by)

Produced by
Nat Hiken .... producer
Cinematography by
William Miller  (as William J. Miller)
Film Editing by
Ray Sandiford 
Art Direction by
Richard Jackson 
Production Management
M. Clay Adams .... production manager
Edward Montagne .... production supervisor (as Edward J. Montagne)
Sound Department
Jim Shields .... recording engineer (as James Shields)
Music Department
John Strauss .... music supervisor
Umberto Gelassi .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Carlo Savina .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
John Strauss .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Other crew
Nat Hiken .... staged by
Kevin Pynes .... production coordinator (as Kevin Pines)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
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Nat Hiken  creator

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Bilko Can Drive Anyone Crazy, Including The IRS, 20 March 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

The first scene is inside the IRA where a man is going over taxes. I recognized his voice immediately. It's a very young Dan Frazier, who went on to become Telly Savalas' boss in the "Kojak" series on TV. Anyway, Frazier ("Tom Elliot," in here) and his secretary are wrapping up the 1953 taxes of people. The name "Bilko" gets investigated instead of "Billings" when a secretary carelessly hands the wrong folder to another worker. Bilko gets the IRA notice, panics and goes down to the office the next day. By opening his big mouth and divulging a few things he shouldn't have before giving the tax men a chance to explain their error, the sergeant is now going to be audited.

How he tries to get out of it, and the lengths he and his men go to with tons of paperwork and the verification of party gifts (which he never gave) is the story of this episode, which has a few good moments but nothing extraordinary.

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