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



(created by),


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode credited cast:
Jimmy Little ...
Harry Clark ...
Michael Dreyfuss ...
Pvt. Higgins
Maurice Gosfield ...
Karl Lukas ...
P. Jay Sidney ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bern Bennett ...
Announcer / self
John Gibson ...
Paul Lipson ...
Pvt. Tony


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Family



Official Sites:


Release Date:

20 September 1955 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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


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 »


Bugal call played on phonograph record in barracks at the start of story
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
That CANNOT Be Barbara Barrie, Can It? emjee-1
Cartoon intro LarrupinLou
DVD msc1954
Can anyone find out who owns the rights to this show? mgeeezy1
Great show, worst theme song (music) ever gbthecoach
DVD Set Expensive For Only 3 Single-Sided Discs. godhed
Discuss New Recruits (1955) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: