The Phil Silvers Show

 The Phil Silvers Show Network: CBS
Episodes: 143 (half-hour)
Seasons: Four

TV show dates: September 20, 1955 — June 19, 1959
Series status: Cancelled/ended

Performers include: Phil Silvers, Allan Melvin, Harvey Lembeck, Paul Ford, Maurice Gosfield, Billy Sands, Herbie Faye, Jimmy Little, Bernard Fein, Mickey Freeman, Maurice Brenner, Jack Healy, and Karl Lukas.

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TV show description:
Master Sergeant Ernest “Ernie” G. Bilko (Phil Silvers) runs the motor pool at the small Fort Baxter U.S. Army base in Kansas. Much to the frustration of Colonel John Hall (Paul Ford), Bilko spends most of his time operating get-rich quick schemes and cons like selling tank rides, leading poker games, and organizing horse race betting.

Working with Bilko are Corporals like fundraiser Rocco Barbella (Harvey Lembeck), reluctant family man Sam Fender (Herbie Faye), and organizer Steve Henshaw (Allan Melvin). Others include Privates like handsome Claude Dillingham (Walter Cartier), slobby Duane Doberman (Maurice Gosfield), Irving Fleischman (Maurice Brenner), “Stash” Kadowski (Karl Lukas), blabbermouth Dino Paparelli (Billy Sands), and diminutive Fielding Zimmerman (Mickey Freeman). Bilko sometimes dated Sgt. Joan Hogan (Elizabeth Fraser).

The series was originally called You’ll Never Get Rich and is sometimes referred to as Sergeant Bilko or simply Bilko in reruns. The animated series Top Cat is loosely based on this program.

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  1. Joseph Plowman says

    Bilko is one of my all time favourite shows, and in my humble opinion one of the greatest comedy series ever. The writing, the acting( by all, but especially the principal leads) and the genius that was Phil Silvers as Master Sgt Ernest G Bilko. The series actually became too expensive to run as there were so many speaking parts, and so it was ended more so than cancelled. Silvers famously said ‘we went out at our height ‘. I have a special 50th anniversary DVD , with something like 25 classic episodes, and I have recently purchased the complete season one series also. Producer and writer Nat Hiken also did another favourite of mine “Car 54 , where are you ” . I wish the respective owners of the copyrights of these great shows would release all episodes of these great shows on DVD ASAP

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