The Phil Silvers Show: Season 3, Episode 3

Hillbilly Whiz (1 Oct. 1957)

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After getting beat 24-0 by the WAC Baseball Team Bilko's latest addition to the troop is Private Hank Lumpkin - a man who killed a mountain lion with a Baseball.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Col. John T. Hall (credit only)
Maurice Gosfield ...
Cpl. Steve Henshaw (as Allen Melvin)
Bernard Fein ...
Pvt. Gomez (as Bernie Fein)
Herbie Faye ...
Cpl. Sam Fender (as Herby Faye)
Karl Lukas ...
Pvt. Stash Kadowski (credit only)
Maurice Brenner ...
Jack Healy ...
Pvt. Sugarman (credit only)
Pvt. Hank Lumpkin
Joe E. Ross ...


Bilko's Company B gets beaten at Baseball by the WACs and with a big game against Ritzik and Grover coming up he is in dire need of some help. Step forwards Private Harry Lumpkin, recent draftee. Lumpkin is from the south and regularly hunts squirrels armed only with rocks. Bilko sees his chance not to just beat Company A but to make his fortune by selling Lumpkin's contract to the New York Yankees. The only thing that stands in his way is Lumpkin's sweetheart Lulabells and Lumpkin's patriotism to the Confederate flag..! Written by Stephen Farnsworth

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Comedy | Family




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1 October 1957 (USA)  »

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Dick Van Dyke & The Yankees
21 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Bilko's Bombers" are dragging themselves back to the barracks after being shellacked, 24-0, in a baseball game. "It's more like Bilko's misguided missiles," says Ernie in disgust. They fact the motor pool team lost to the WAC typists is all the more insulting. Bilko takes turns picking on some of the players. What really upsets him is that he has $50 bet with Ridzik and Grover on the game next week against Company A and now thinks "I can kiss that money goodbye."

The next day, while on the shooting range, they get a new recruit, "Hank Lumpkin," a Hillybilly from Tennessee (talk about a stereotype). He demonstrates you don't need bullets to hit that target 150 yards away. He throws rocks that hit the bullseye every time with an assortment of pitches. Bilko, of course, is excited: he has a pitcher, and someone who nobody would be able to hit! He rushes back and suckers the opponents into upping the ante for the baseball bet.

He wins the bet, even though Lumpkin hurts his left hand and has to pitch his right. He can also hit the ball out of sight. Now Bilko sets his sets higher: the Yankees. He can make a fortune as this kid's agent.

What happens next with the Yankees is very funny with several unexpected twists and turns. We also get cameos from four New York Yankee players of the era: Yogi Berra, Gil McDougald, Whitey Ford and Phil Rizzuto.

This episode was extremely entertaining and the type of show that helped make this program so highly-rated.

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