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Was watching the show on the 2014 DVD release set last night. I recently saw "The Face on the Recruiting Poster" - great episode. Amazing to hear of the Phil Silvers Museum, hopefully will visit one day but hard from Australia. Didn't realize he wrote a song, as mentioned below, "Nancy (with the Laughing Face)" - as can be checked on Wikipedia.
Great work everyone! A fantastic tribute.
Phil Silvers as Bilko is the best comedy of all time - I can never get enough of it.
Just rediscovered it on Forces TV ch 264 Sky
Hello :) So many topics and plenty of time to read for the next hour.
So happy to watch lots of Bilko episodes on Forces TV channel 264
Greetings from the wilds of Illinois USA. The mother of my best friend guest starred on "Papa Bilko," Episode 37 of season three. She is elderly and all alone in the world, and I wanted to make a DVD copy of the episode, which I viewed a few months ago on YouTube. Unfortunately, the video is no longer available because the YouTube account associated with it has been terminated. Is there anyone out there who has it and could make a copy of the episode? I would love her to see it for her time comes. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Murph83 at zedsdead@mchsi.com.
Bilko is the best, watched it when I was young and now on DVD when ever I want, plus it is being repeated on Sky channel 264 Forces TV
Can never tire of watching Bilko,even after all these years the show is way ahead of anything you will see these days.....Always be a fan of Ernie
Simply The Best!
all time classic comedy that still stands out today, just ordered the complete dvd set, bring it back on tv!!
I was brought up watching Sgt Bilko. Funniest show on telly.
My favourite is Bilko Goes South. I first saw these shows in the 1950 s because my brother who was 11 years older than me watched them . I was too young to follow the subtleties but Phil Silvers was such a funny man that he carried it for me . I think that secretly we would all like to be him.
Just been re-watching Bilko in the past few days, still laugh out loud funny! Phil has got to be one of the greatest performers of all, such an agile mind coupled with being a great physical comedian. Very well done for this great, great website! Tayyy-up!
Phil made my dad laugh......probably the only person on the planet who could do that !
I remember buying a bilko t shirt out of HMV in Union st Glasgow with win a three day pass 5 bucks see sgt bilko on it. During the mid too lates 1980's
Please could you e. Mail me on burnhamboy59@yahoo.co.uk with details of the Phil Silvers museum in Coventry. I am an avid fan. Or please text me on 07810335585 Thank you
I loved this show and still do they were all such talented people and I don't think we will see their like again may they all r.i.p thank you for brining so much laughter to everyone on the planet
My dads favourite show on telly tho I -as a teenager - quickly found out how much I enjoyed them to.
Glad to find this site to Phil Silvers talent.
Happy days.Bilko was one of the TV high spots in the week.
I've spent the past two days going through your wonderful website. It's a great tribute, not only to Phil Silvers, but to those who loved him. I watched Bilko re-runs in the 60s and now enjoy seeing them again on ME TV in Baltimore. In 1972 I was in the audience of the Dick Cavett Show when Mr. Silvers talked about his depression. He was a grand performer who played Baltimore during his vaudeville years. What a performer!
I'm an occasional visitor to this fine tribute website to the incomparable Phil Silvers - I started watching Bilko re-runs on the BBC as a youngster in 1980, to this day no other comedy show comes close to its timeless genius. I visited today because I thought other fans of the show might be interested to know that the New Yorker magazine website is carrying a new piece about the life and times of Bilko cast member P J Sidney who campaigned over a long career to integrate US TV. (can't link directly here as site does not allow it).
Just returned from a visit to your Society's wonderful museum. Steve and Mick have done a wonderful job in presenting a terrific collection of Phil Silvers mementoes and memorabilia. I salute you fellas for helping continue Phil's legacy!
Went to see Steve yesterday there are some great collectibles on show in his museum. Well worth a look.
Always been a fan of the greatest and first sitcom in history,the holl cast made the show yes Silvers was id the best,but from Ford to the rest truly brilliant,as a kid from Scotland,i still watch it every day to get my Bilko fix.and would the rubbish on TV now watch dvds even more,and Bilko should be on TV now especialy on Saturdays were truly knothing on,simply the greatest.
I came across Bilko on UK tv in the late 50s. I lived in a small Welsh village, where the sabbath was strongly obeyed.Bilko was shown, mid afternoon on a sunday.All l can think was an english uncle visited, we were kept off sunday school and he asked to see Bilko on the tv. Well that was it, after that, l made every effort to stay away from sunday school to see Bilko. The comedy and the persona of Bilko, has given me such pleasure over the years. He was absolutely brilliant and in real life Phils life was amazing
Been a fan for years,being from Scotland,I first saw Bilko in 70s,and realized it is the first worlds best comedy's, Bilko was like Elvis the king Presley, he was first, and still after all this time still truly brilliant, and Bilko was also first in making from Silvers,Ford,the hall cast was amazing, sad Steve Martin made such a mess of the film,but then you can't replace Martin with Silves,he was and will always be Bilko,as Ford was col Hall,truly the greatestest ever cast first formed and Harkening written truly brilliant.
I was brought up watching Bilko, and in a strange way I guess it actually shapped my attitude to life, you learn as the moral of Bilko "That you will never get Rich" if you try to be dishonest. It is the milestone of all good comedy ,with a cast that could not have been bettered.
Great to learn about your website and museum dedicated to the immortal Mr Silvers, star of the best comedy show of all time.
Congratulations on your new Phil Silvers museum. I wish I could afford to fly to England and visit it.
I remember that The Phil Silvers Show was a favorite growing up. I also enjoyed him in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" along with an all-star cast.
I was a huge fan of the show, which I watched on a Saturday night in the early 70s along with 'That's Life' and 'Match of the Day' when my parents were out. The whole cast was brilliant and the dialogue cracked along faster than the Colonel's jeep. I'd rather watch it again than most of the offerings passing as comedy these days!
Read about your museum and I have been watching Bilko on YouTube the last few nights. It took me back to the 1950's and watching the show with my dear Dad as we laughed out loud. I still laugh out loud at these brilliant episodes. Thanks for your efforts, guys.
As an aside, when I attended Sunday School for a short time, the teacher told us there is only one Creator. I told him I'd seen on television a caption saying "Created by Nat Hiken" so there must be more than one. He went ballistic at me, shouting and raging. I gave up Sunday School after that.
Great to find this fan club, Bilko is timeless
Just discovered this via the BBC site.
Bilko conjures up such wonderful memories not just of watching the series but of recalling my Dad's rapturous laughter at the show. I remember it as being the highlight of the week, of being a beacon of joy at a time when, economically, things at home were tough.
It was so well written and superbly acted with a natural and spontaneous sense of comic timing.
Bilko is a fond and abiding memory of my childhood and thank you so much for creating this.
Although I live a couple of hundred of miles away I definitely visit the museum!
Hi. I heard Phil silvers wrote the lyrics to Nancy (with the smiling face) one of my favourite tunes as he was a friend of sinatra. Is this true?
I used to see Phil Silvers' show (Sergeant Bilko) when it was on U.S. television, which was actually in the 1950s, though apparently it didn't make it to the U.K. until the mid 1960s. I was astonished to learn recently that the British consider Silvers a comic genius, and rate his show the top television situation comedy of all time, above even "Fawlty Towers" and "Yes Minister". It is sad that Phil Silvers has been almost completely forgotten in the U.S., and it is difficult to account for it since he was an extremely talented performer who enjoyed a very long and successful career on stage, on radio, in movies and on television.
Bilko is still the best sitcom ever. It doesn't age, and the fast-talking sergeant is perhaps the greatest comedy character ever created. Bless you, Phil.
I have memories as a young boy watching Bilko and the tricks he got up too , he was and is a true legend and a hard act to follow.
Many fond teenage memories watching Billko, Harold Lloyd and Laurel n Hardy in 80's.
I have been a fan of Phil Silvers AKA Sgt E Bilko since the show was first show on BBC in the 1950's. I remember cycling home from work Hull Paragon Station I did not own a car then and could not afford the bus fares either. I never missed a programe. I now own the full set OF DVDs of every show as well as three books, two about Bilko and the other Phil Silvers.
Bilko was, and still is my favorite of all time. Brilliant is to modest to describe this genius. I only learnt about the appreciation Society Today and at the age of 78 I appreciate what you have done so far and what you are doing now.
Thank you so very much for sharing this with me. Good luck Steve Everitt and Mick Clews with your venture in Coventry
Best wishes Jim Dobson, Doncaster, Yorkshire
The best comedy ever.I will always remember the episode with Harry speak up .brilliant
my dads favourite, can still see him laughing in chair. I know he wrote the lyrics to Nancy with the laughing face,did he do anything else musically?
Sgt. Bilko was the greatest and Sgt Knocker stupendous
I,ve seen most of the episodes of Bilko and there is nothing that comes close to Phil's timing. He was the greatest
Would love to get a dvd set of the phil silvers show. Can anyone steer me in the right direction? Loved his show growing up.
I grew up in 1950s watching stg bilko on the tv and i am now experiencing these shows all over again with the complete twenty disc box set. In my opinion Phill Silvers was an all time great and was made for this part, when he was around all eyes were on him.
How many shows that you thought were funny in your teens are still just as funny 40 years later? The Phil Silvers show has stood the test of time like no other I can think of.

We couldn't agree with you more Paul. A landmark show that has stood the test of time. As Phil would've said "Funny is funny!!".
Phil Silvers, genius - that one with the chimp was unbelievable. I remember his interview when quite ill and said how you go on stage with the same act in the day and get a standing ovation and do the same act at night and walk off to the sound of your own footsteps - no wonder comedians have nervous breakdowns- I was a teacher for 20 years and I remember that.
I am now 76. In earlier years our whole family glued ourselves to Phil's Sgt Bilko on the television Every show had us helpless with laughter. I am slowly collecting some of the videos/DVD's which are available

Many, many thanks for your comments John. It seems to be a common theme that Phil's comedy has been and continues to be enjoyed by families the world over!
just got the full box set as I was even contemplating putting my old bilko videos from the bbc 2 rerun onto DVD ..and yes bought the machine but now all is great,my future laughter is secure forever..good luck with the rerun on BBC 4. This needs to happen people need laughter!
Really love the show
I watched from an early age the Bilko series and it never fails to make me laugh even to this day. Phil Silvers was a true comedy genius and I think his star in Hollywood is well deserved and a great credit to his talent. Well done Steve and Mick for your ongoing dedication.
I look forward to the opening of the museum.