SGT. BILKO – THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW (CBS 1955-59)
Master swindler Sgt. Ernie Bilko (Phil Silvers) conducts war games of the profiteering kind in the bucolic confines of Fort Baxter Army base in this golden TV oldie, while post commander Col. John Hall (Paul Ford) serves as Bilko's eternally befuddled target.
This 17-disc set features all 142 classic episodes from 4 seasons of side-splitting laughs asBilko leads his men in a succession of sure-to-misfire maneuvers, from an eating contest (guest star Fred Gwynn’s TV debut) to a singing competition to opening a bar and grill.
Bilko's right-hand men were Cpl. Rocco Barbella (Harvey Lembeck) and Cpl. Steve Henshaw (Allan Melvin). The large supporting cast included Herbie Faye (a former burlesque crony of Silvers) as Pvt. Sam Fender, Maurice Gosfield as Pvt. Duane Doberman, Joe E. Ross as camp cook Sgt. Rupert Ritzik, Beatrice Pons as loud-mouthed Mrs. Ritzik, Billy Sands as Pvt. Dino Paparelli, Jimmy Little as Sgt. Francis Grover, and Mickey Freeman as diminutive Pvt. Fielding Zimmerman. Other characters included Jack Healy as the tough-talking Pvt. Mullen, Ned Glass as quartermaster Sgt. Andy Pendleton, and former boxer Walter Cartier as botany fiend Pvt. Claude Dillingham. Some episodes gave Bilko a romantic interest, Elisabeth Fraser as Sgt. Joan Hogan. A notable member of the platoon was Terry Carter as African-American Pvt Sugarman, at a time when US society was still largely segregated.
Notable guest stars included Guest stars included Dick Van Dyke, Eric Fleming, Fred Gwynne, Alan Alda, Paul Reed, Suzanne Storrs, Darry Richard, and Paul Lynde. The series was created and largely written by Nat Hiken, and won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Comedy Series.
Number of DVDs: 17
Number of Episodes: 142
Quality: 10/10, Digital, B&W
Aspect Ratio: Full Screen
Running Time: 3600 min
NOTES: This is a fan-made DVD set. Not a studio release.
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