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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Cast

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
Terry Carter ...  Pvt. Sugie Sugarman / ... 92 episodes, 1955-1959
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

Language:

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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Runtime:

(143 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Phil Silvers (Bilko) and Maurice Gosfield (Doberman) did not get along. In real-life, Gosfield was very much the slob that he portrayed as Doberman. He also had constant trouble remembering his lines, which frustrated the cast and crew. Despite this, Gosfield became the most popular cast member, and received more fan mail than Silvers, which Silvers resented. According to Silvers, the adulation went to Gosfield's head and he became very demanding on the set. Silvers wrote in his autobiography, "Dobie thought of himself as Cary Grant playing a short, plump man." See more »

Quotes

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 The Manchurian Candidate (1962) See more »

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A Genius in the art of TV comedy acting
1 June 2003 | by 3D PhilSee all my reviews

Sargent Ernie Bilko is one of the few American comedy TV characters that I can say is a pure joy to watch, and Phil Silvers plays him to the max, never have a I seen such delivery of quick fire lines that are presented in these classic comedy shows, thank god it's on British TV quite a lot, so I have managed to record most of the episodes, watching these wonderful shows has taken me out of many depressions and put a smile back on my face, I hope that Americans appreciate him, i think that it should be compulsary viewing to all people who need a lift of spirits, God bless you Phil.


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