Colonel Hall announces he is cracking down on the rampant gambling on the base. To keep the men occupied the colonel decides a series of fine art lectures will be delivered. Initially ... See full summary »

Director:

Al De Caprio

Writers:

Nat Hiken (created by), Nat Hiken | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Phil Silvers ... MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko
Harvey Lembeck ... Cpl. Rocco Barbella
Paul Ford ... Col. John T. Hall
Allan Melvin ... Cpl. Steve Henshaw
Charlotte Rae ... Mrs. Whitney
Hope Sansberry ... Mrs. Nell Hall
John Stephen John Stephen ... Captain Whitney
Jim Perry Jim Perry ... Lt. Anderson
Harry Clark Harry Clark ... MSgt. Stanley Sowici
Maurice Gosfield Maurice Gosfield ... Pvt. Duane Doberman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bern Bennett Bern Bennett ... Himself - Announcer
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Colonel Hall announces he is cracking down on the rampant gambling on the base. To keep the men occupied the colonel decides a series of fine art lectures will be delivered. Initially devastated Sgt Bilko soon realizes there is a gambling angle that can be exploited during the lectures Written by Chapman_glen@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Captain Whitney: [trying to solve Fort Baxter's gambling problem] Colonel, have you a woodworking shop on the post?
Col. John T. Hall: We had one. The men worked like beavers for one week.
Captain Whitney: Really? What did they build?
Col. John T. Hall: A crap table.
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Soundtracks

Symphony No. 7
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
played briefly on the jukebox
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Hilarious
16 January 2015 | by Mr VillanSee all my reviews

The Phil Silvers Show is a U.S Army situation comedy set in a small town army base in 1950s Kansas. Very little soldiering gets done as the lead character Ernest Bilko, played by Silvers, seems to spend his whole career arranging scams and schemes to make a quick, and entertaining, buck, usually at the expense of his long suffering platoon. Unfortunately the best laid plans go awry as some unforeseeable piece of bad luck thwarts him at the last minute

In this episode all the elements of the show are on display when the long suffering commanding officer attempts to bring the epidemic of gambling on the post to an end by instructing Bilko, the man behind the gambling, to bring all the men to a cultural evening. Bilko manages to fill the hall when he learns that the speaker is a woman famous for twitching during her lectures on Beethoven. Every man in attendance has had a wager on the number of twitches that will ensue. It makes for glorious entertainment.

The is a comedy masterpiece. The gags come thick and fast. The writing is absolutely magnificent. And the performance of Phil Silvers is a lesson to any comedy actor that will ever try to get a laugh, anywhere, ever. Put simply, this is timeless comedy. An absolute classic!


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