Elvin Pelvin is drafted into the army & the brass decide to send him to a quiet, backwater army base. They choose Fort Baxter and Bilko spots the chance to make some serious money when he ... See full summary »

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Elvin Pelvin is drafted into the army & the brass decide to send him to a quiet, backwater army base. They choose Fort Baxter and Bilko spots the chance to make some serious money when he is offered $10,000 for a new Elvin Pelvin recording. Written by Anonymous

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Per the title, rock and roll, which was a new form of music in 1957, evolved in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s from rhythm and blues, country, folk, gospel, and jazz and spread culturally throughout the world by the teenagers and young people who became their own socioeconomic force in the prosperity of the 1950s. See more »

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Brown Suede Combat Boots
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Performed by Phil Silvers and the platoon
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20 January 2007 | by (Mad City, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Plot was a case of Art imitating Reality.

About the time this episode aired, Elvis Presley was inducted into the Army. It wasn't a stretch for the Sgt. Bilko writers to capitalize on it; they had a Rock N' Roll idol (Melvin Pelvin) being drafted, and assigned to Sgt. Bilko's motor pool platoon.

Behind Spelvin's back, Sgt. Bilko sets up a concert for him and sells out the house. Before the concert, Bilko has one of his men (Private Doberman) talk to Spelvin within the range of a tape recorder microphone to get a recording to use on the local radio station for promotion.

On the recording, Spelvin talks about how much he LIKES Ernie Bilko, and how Bilko is different from his manager... Bilko doesn't want anything from him... and he sings a song that he's composed (to the tune of Elvis's "Love Me Tender") talking about his BUDDY, Sgt. Ernie Bilko! On hearing it, Bilko finds that he can't carry out his plot to use Spelvin for his own profit, and destroys the recording that he'd worked so hard to get.


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