Bilko needs a new bankroll for tomorrow night's poker game, so he looks to his new recruits for quick cash.

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Jimmy Little ...
Harry Clark ...
Michael Dreyfuss ...
Pvt. Higgins
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Maurice Gosfield ...
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Bern Bennett ...
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John Gibson ...
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Paul Lipson ...
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Bilko needs a new bankroll for tomorrow night's poker game, so he looks to his new recruits for quick cash.

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20 September 1955 (USA)  »

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John Strauss (I) composed a suite of cues and theme music that would be used throughout the rest of the series. See more »

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Apparently, since this was an early episode following the pilot, the names of all of the regular characters were not yet fully established. Although Communications MSgt. Grover was identified throughout the series as MSgt. Francis Grover, MSgt. Bilko calls him 'Jim' during this program; Quartermaster MSgt. Andrew (Andy) Pendleton, is called 'Steve' by Bilko during this show. See more »

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We Get Our First Glimpse At Bilko
30 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the first-ever episode and,Bob Melvin (who played "Henshaw") gives us an audio introduction on how the name of the show changed from "You'll Never Get Rich" to "The Phil Silvers Show" to what most Americans really called it: "Bilko."

This episode is an appropriate start to this famous TV series as we see all the platoon members first, and then Bilko in his back room playing poker with the boys. Unlike most future episodes, however, Bilko lost money in the game! It turns out he was cheated and the chaplain, of all people, is the one to discover the ruse. The chaplain also suggests to Colonel Hall that perhaps Bilko's gambling problem would go away if he had something new and challenging to divert his attention, such as new recruits. However. to "Ernie," all that means is "new blood," meaning new money. Bilko needs cash to get back into the Saturday poker game and get his money back.

Watching Bilko work the new recruits with his conniving ways is, yes, the appropriate way to start this series since that's what he was primarily known for: being a con man. However, a recurring good character trait is also shown. Underneath the con man is a strong conscience, which usually gets the best of "Ernie" in the end. Remember: this was the 1950s where good moral messages prevailed in the end, even with guys like Sgt. Bilko.


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