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Bilko's Tax Trouble 

Bilko mistakenly receives a letter of investigation from the Bureau of Internal Revenue and has to prove his "innocence".



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko
... Cpl. Rocco Barbella
... Col. John T. Hall
Maurice Gosfield ... Pvt. Duane Doberman
... Cpl. Steve Henshaw (as Allen Melvin)
Walter Cartier ... Pvt. Claude Dillingham
... Cpl. Sam Fender (as Herby Faye)
Bernard Fein ... Pvt. Gomez (as Bernie Fein)
... Pvt. Fielding Zimmerman
Karl Lukas ... Pvt. Stash Kadowski
Jack Healy ... Pvt. Mullen
Maurice Brenner ... Pvt. Irving Fleischman
... Pvt. Dino Papparelli
P. Jay Sidney ... Pvt. Palmer (as P.J. Sidney) (credit only)
... MSgt. Joan Hogan


At the Bureau of Internal Revenue Bilko's file is mistakenly actioned for investigation leading Bilko to swamp their offices with receipts and records for his activities during 1953. He needs to show that he didn't have any undeclared profits and so has to set about balancing his books. This leads him to; having to convince Paparelli that he really did go to Atlantic City; conning Colonel Hall into buying himself a loving cup; and an impromptu New Year's Eve Party for the entire platoon - just 3 years late. With the help of the WAC Team in Colonel Hall's office and a couple of army accountants from payroll Bilko clears his name....just.! Written by Stephen Farnsworth

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Comedy | Family




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4 December 1956 (USA)  »

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Music by Isham Jones and lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Arranged by John Strauss
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Bilko Can Drive Anyone Crazy, Including The IRS
20 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

The first scene is inside the IRA where a man is going over taxes. I recognized his voice immediately. It's a very young Dan Frazier, who went on to become Telly Savalas' boss in the "Kojak" series on TV. Anyway, Frazier ("Tom Elliot," in here) and his secretary are wrapping up the 1953 taxes of people. The name "Bilko" gets investigated instead of "Billings" when a secretary carelessly hands the wrong folder to another worker. Bilko gets the IRA notice, panics and goes down to the office the next day. By opening his big mouth and divulging a few things he shouldn't have before giving the tax men a chance to explain their error, the sergeant is now going to be audited.

How he tries to get out of it, and the lengths he and his men go to with tons of paperwork and the verification of party gifts (which he never gave) is the story of this episode, which has a few good moments but nothing extraordinary.

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