The Phil Silvers Show: Season 1, Episode 11

Bivouac (22 Nov. 1955)

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Sgt. Bilko must come up with a new ailment to avoid annual maneuvers, and this year it's Wilkinson's Disease. However, Colonel Hall has a trick up his sleeve that may break Bilko's perfect non-attendance record.

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Philippa Bevans ...
Lt. Hilda Swenson, RN
Arthur Storch ...
Captain 'Iron Curtain' Curtis, MD
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Maurice Gosfield ...
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Sgt. Bilko must come up with a new ailment to avoid annual maneuvers, and this year it's Wilkinson's Disease. However, Colonel Hall has a trick up his sleeve that may break Bilko's perfect non-attendance record.

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This is the first episode in which it is revealed that Colonel Hall, while he was attending officer's training school, was derisively nicknamed 'Old Melon Head.' The term will reappear several more times during the remainder of the series. See more »

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MSgt. Ernest G. 'Ernie' Bilko: What's your stance on socialized medicine, Captain?
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Alabama Jubilee
(Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Dolly Morse
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Performed by Phil Silvers, Harry Clark, Ned Glass, and Jimmy Little
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Ernie's Battle Of Wits With The Medical Staff And Others
17 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every year when it is time for bivouac maneuvers, Ernie Bilko comes down with a strange illness which confines him long enough to get out of the exercise. He winds up in isolation with the other sergeants and then fleeces them in card games. The sergeants don't want to be fleeced again and plan on going on bivouac. What's more, Colonel Hall is finally wise to Bilko and the weak medical officer who is conned every year.

This time, Col. Hall is ready to make sure the sergeant-con man doesn't pull this stunt again. He's hired a new medical officer, "Iron Curtain" Curtis who is informed of Bilko's ploys and promises the sergeant won't pull a fast one on him.

Can Ernie outwit this guy? Are you kidding?

Well, actually, the answer is "yes"....and "no." It's a battle of wits that goes back and forth and involves not only the doctor but the head nurse and Colonel Hall.


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