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Sergeant Ernie Bilko is the ultimate con man. He runs the motor pool at a small Kansas U.S. Army Camp. Colonel Hall, nominally in charge of the base, tries to keep Bilko's plans in check. ... See full summary »

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Nat Hiken
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Series cast summary:
Phil Silvers ...  MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko / ... 143 episodes, 1955-1959
Harvey Lembeck ...  Cpl. Rocco Barbella / ... 143 episodes, 1955-1959
Paul Ford ...  Col. John T. Hall / ... 143 episodes, 1955-1959
Allan Melvin ...  Cpl. Steve Henshaw / ... 143 episodes, 1955-1959
Billy Sands ...  Pvt. Dino Papparelli 139 episodes, 1955-1959
Maurice Gosfield Maurice Gosfield ...  Pvt. Duane Doberman / ... 139 episodes, 1955-1959
Herbie Faye ...  Cpl. Sam Fender / ... 139 episodes, 1955-1959
Bernard Fein Bernard Fein ...  Pvt. Gomez / ... 137 episodes, 1955-1959
Jack Healy Jack Healy ...  Pvt. Mullen 134 episodes, 1955-1959
Mickey Freeman ...  Pvt. Fielding Zimmerman 133 episodes, 1955-1959
Maurice Brenner Maurice Brenner ...  Pvt. Irving Fleischman / ... 132 episodes, 1955-1959
Karl Lukas Karl Lukas ...  Pvt. Stash Kadowski 97 episodes, 1955-1958
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Jimmy Little Jimmy Little ...  MSgt. Francis Grover 61 episodes, 1955-1959
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Sergeant Ernie Bilko is the ultimate con man. He runs the motor pool at a small Kansas U.S. Army Camp. Colonel Hall, nominally in charge of the base, tries to keep Bilko's plans in check. Bilko runs every money making scheme that he thinks he can pull off. Midnight cruises on landing craft, tank rides, poker games, and an interesting deal with local service stations for spare parts for Jeep tires. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

20 September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You'll Never Get Rich See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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(143 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Never before available, but now available on the season one, five-DVD set, is the unaired pilot called "You'll Never Get Rich" from Nat Hiken's private collection archives. This never broadcast pilot had the late Jack Warden in the role of Corporal Steve Henshaw. When the real pilot was aired, it was re-titled "The New Recruits" with newcomer Allan Melvin replacing Jack Warden as Corporal Henshaw. It kept the same storyline of Bilko needing to raise money in order to get in a big poker game. Melvin stayed with the series throughout it's entire run. See more »

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MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko: You said "but". I've put the finger on the whole problem. You're a "but" man. Don't say "but". That little word "but" is the difference between success and failure.
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Referenced in Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Episode #1.7 (1988) See more »

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The Number One Sitcom on British TV!!
25 June 2006 | by geoffparfittSee all my reviews

In the massive and essential "Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy" the editor Mark Lewisohn includes his personal Top 20 Sitcoms of all time on British TV. His Number One is not a British production, but it is a show that has been part of the BBC schedules for nearly 50 years, and is an important element of British television heritage.

"The Phil Silvers Show" - or "Bilko" as it is usually known - has been and remains a sitcom with a unique feature that makes it Number One (or close to that) for lovers of good comedy. That feature is Phil Silvers, who was a comedy performer of undeniable genius. He dominates every moment that he is on that small screen, and even then he is complemented by wonderful performances by a host of other regular characters - Colonel Hall, Doberman, Ritzic, and the rest.

To celebrate 50 years since this historic show began on US TV, a new DVD box-set has been produced. On the three discs there are 21 complete episodes, plus some great extras, including the original pilot show never shown on British TV, revealing commentaries by Dick Van Dyke and other members of the cast, and other Phil Silvers appearances and interviews. A must-have for the DVD collections of all comedy lovers.


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