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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 Cpl. Rocco Barbella / ... 143 episodes, 1955-1959
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 Col. John T. Hall / ... 143 episodes, 1955-1959
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 Pvt. Dino Papparelli 139 episodes, 1955-1959
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 Pvt. Duane Doberman / ... 139 episodes, 1955-1959
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 Cpl. Sam Fender / ... 139 episodes, 1955-1959
Bernard Fein ...
 Pvt. Gomez / ... 137 episodes, 1955-1959
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 Pvt. Fielding Zimmerman 133 episodes, 1955-1959
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 Pvt. Irving Fleischman / ... 132 episodes, 1955-1959
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 Pvt. Stash Kadowski 97 episodes, 1955-1958
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 Pvt. Sugie Sugarman / ... 92 episodes, 1955-1959
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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George Kennedy, who served in the U.S. Army, was a Technical Advisor for the show. He was also given a bit part playing M.P. Sergeant Kennedy. The first acting role of his screen career. 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 Happy Days: Give the Band a Hand (1974) See more »

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Still worth watching!
25 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

A great testament to the talents of Phil Silvers. With its complex plotlines and quickfire dialogue it's still a treat to watch Silvers's monumental character when you can find it somewhere in the BBC schedules. The most said line in the whole series must be "but, Sarge!" as Bilko launches into another diabolical and, ultimately, flawed scheme to make money and dodge work. And Col Hall's stunned looks, "what is he up to?" are a joy.

It must also contain the best adlib in TV history. Bilko has to hide a chimp in camp (don't ask!)and the chimp accidently gets enlisted. To avoid even further embarrassment, the US Army decides to court martial the chimp to get him discharged. Bilko defends him. In the middle of a monologue from Silvers, the chimp, obviously impossible to rehearse, gets off a chair and picks up a nearby phone. After a pause, Silvers says, "he's calling for another lawyer".


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