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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...  MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko / ... 143 episodes, 1955-1959
...  Cpl. Rocco Barbella / ... 143 episodes, 1955-1959
...  Col. John T. Hall / ... 143 episodes, 1955-1959
...  Cpl. Steve Henshaw / ... 143 episodes, 1955-1959
...  Pvt. Dino Papparelli 139 episodes, 1955-1959
Maurice Gosfield ...  Pvt. Duane Doberman / ... 139 episodes, 1955-1959
...  Cpl. Sam Fender / ... 139 episodes, 1955-1959
Bernard Fein ...  Pvt. Gomez / ... 137 episodes, 1955-1959
Jack Healy ...  Pvt. Mullen 134 episodes, 1955-1959
...  Pvt. Fielding Zimmerman 133 episodes, 1955-1959
Maurice Brenner ...  Pvt. Irving Fleischman / ... 132 episodes, 1955-1959
Karl Lukas ...  Pvt. Stash Kadowski 97 episodes, 1955-1958
...  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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You'll Never Get Rich  »

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Paul Ford often forgot his exact lines, which allowed Phil Silvers to improvise during many of the scenes between Sergeant Bilko and Colonel Hall. Both men always stayed in character however, it was usually the other actors in the scene who laughed, ruining the scene. 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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classic......
28 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

As time goes on comedies come and go, some stand up to the test of time and some do not. Both the Brits and the Americans have made their share of funny shows: 'Fawlty Towers', 'Frasier', 'Cheers','The Office' etc, but if one show deserves to be the 'daddy' of all comedies then i think 'The Phil Silvers Show' is it! Just even thinking of Sgt Ernie Bilko makes me smile! Mr Silvers played this character to the max along with the rest of the cast. It still pops up from time to time on British t.v., usually at about 2 'o' clock in the morning or something! But if i'm still up and about i will always watch it, with a beer or two, and laugh my a*s off at the funniest comedy character ever created!


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