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Why doesn't the PS Appreciation Society offer Sgt Bilko tee shirts in a range of colours, sizes and different logo's????
I was introduced to watching Sgt Bilko on TV by my dad and now I'm 69 I'm sat here watching re-runs of the series with my two young grandchildren who laugh at everything he does.
Its was way ahead of its time and is still as funny as it was back then.
Phil Silvers was a true genius and fully deserved the accolades he received.
Bilko will never die.
Been watching Bilko on every night Forces TV sky channel 264 7.25pm weekdays.
So funny and refreshing.
I am a Theatre UK promoter wish I could promote a live version ????
Any ideas anyone ??
John
I've just bought the box set of the dvd of bilko. I had a pirate copy for about 10 years but the quality wasn't great. I can't wait to watch from start to finish the greatest comedy show ever made. my dad started me watching the show when I was about 10 years old, I'm 54 now, I wish he could have lived to see it brought out on dvd.
phil did lots of movies to support the american war effort ,he always makes me smile ,laugh ,breakup, go on you phil.
Have loved Phil Silvers Bilko ,since first watching in 1960.Now I still get a lot of fun thanks to my dvd collection, Brilliant show!
I watched in the nineteen fifties when it was first broadcast on the BBC and I am still watching it now on Forces TV in 2015. Must be one of the funnest TV shows ever made. Phil Silvers and the rest of the cast were perfect in their roles. I must treat myself to the full series now its available on DVD !
I got to sign up as a total fan of Mr Silvers. US comedy was always so advanced in its intelligence and just so well produced. Bilko stands the test of time to this day. Today comedy (especially British) is so 'dark' its just misanthropic and twisted and not anywhere near as funny as US comedy even back in the 50's.
Still loving watching the repeats on Forces Tv. One of the best Tv shows in history.
I grew up with Bilko during the 80s. This program ranks amongst the true comedy classics of all time. Phil Silvers charm and sharp wit is a delight to watch. The script writing was fresh and ingenious. They certainly don't make them like this anymore.
Thanks Phil.
A great tribute to one of the funniest shows ever created. The word genius is much over used but in Phil Silver's case there is no other word that will do. That also applies to Nat Hiken and the rest of the cast. Thanks for all the information on the site.
A TRUE COMIC GENIUS. I ONLY HAVE TO THINK OF THIS SHOW AND I SMILE!!
Check out Forces TV channel,,where Mon-Fri. at 7.25pm Bilko is shown!

Great to see all these very funny shows after so many years, happy watching!
My dad, Karl Lukas, was Stash Kadowski. So nice to see your site keeps the Bilko Show alive.
Found an interview Mick did with my dad back in 1986. Thanks for the memories.
Cheers.
My dad was Stash Kadowski. So nice to see your site keeps the Bilko Show alive.
Cheers.
Takes me right back to my happy childhood to what seems like another world never mind another time. Absolute genius writing and performances and even though I have enjoyed many and various comedy performers and performances over the years this stuff is right up there with the very,very best. So my grateful thanks to the late great Phil Silvers and company for making me laugh, laugh again, and then some !
I've been watching the Phil Silvers Show on the Forces TV Channel in the UK and even after all these years it is still very funny!
Superb site for a superb actor
One of the few black and white sitcoms I can watch time and time again. My favourite episode was when they were making a film about spark plugs and Ernie turned it into a variety show with glamour, dancing and singing. Colonel Hall, was his usual exasperated self and was berating Ernie when his wife started to tell him what she had learned about engines etc. I often use this as an example when I am training, pointing out that you can get the message over without always resorting to 'Talk and Chalk'
Simply the best.
I found you thanks to an article on today's Guardian and I found Bilko thanks to my uncle who passed on his love of the character to me.
I haven't thought about Phil for years as I have hardly watched TV in recently but I had to click on the link as soon as I saw his face today.
What a performer and great writing from Nat Hiken, I'm smiling again just at the thought of those shows.
I shall relish exploring your site in future.
Funny, funny!!!
Hello,
Just in case you are not aware, but bilko is on "forces tv" every weekday 10:30 and 7:30.
Sky 264, freesat 652 and virgin 244

Cheers ian
I would love to purchase copies of the "Fort Baxter journal". Are any still available out there and if so how can I obtain them? I would really like the full set if possible but individual copies would be acceptable.
Got the Complete Box set for my Birthday. Phil Silvers was a Childhood hero slowly watching "The Great Man" in action again. What A Comic Talent ! Every episode a Great Memory of a Great Talent! Phil may be gone but will never be forgotten! A "Legend & a Genius"!
Thanks Mike! Couldn't hold out any longer, and ordered a copy of the Box Set today. My understanding after checking around, is that Medium Rare (UK) have simply transferred the Shou Factory (USA) print from NTSC format to PAL. So whilst (in theory anyway), Film > PAL may have been better than Film > NTSC > PAL (as it's one step closer to the original format), I'm not going to let that spoil my enjoyment after a 30+ year wait! Also, contents / bonus features are IDENTICAL. Okay, on with the fun! Get a shift on, Mr. Postman!
I am now 49 yrs old and can remember as a kid watching the Sgt Bilko show with my father rolling in laughter on the settee next to me. I recently watched six episodes again on DVD and unlike most tv shows from the time, the comedy is still fresh and not dated and I can only put that down to the great talent that Phil brought to the show - it is truly unique a relevant reflection on the past to all when the bad guys were good at heart and bloody funny as well = roll on 2015 and lets hope the BBC see sense and let another generation see these great shows
Thanks for the wonderful fan site!!

@ Charles Hodgson: I haven't screened the UK version, but I CAN vouch for the US Region 1 NTSC set - it's absolutely sublime. Got it a month early in a special offer from the publisher, and have been gobbling up episodes like popcorn ever since. I'm positive the UK set is using the same quality prints: perfect picture and sound, uncut episodes. You can't go wrong. The only ones who may have a legitimate complaint are my neighbors, who are probably sick of hearing me laughing my head off!
I've just discovered the show is being aired on forces tv in the uk and can be seen via both sky and virgin. It's timeless and quite simply the funniest TV show of all time.
Just bought the complete Sgt Bilko shows. Absolutely brilliant. Hope BBC 4 can be persuaded to show them so that a whole new generation can enjoy the show and in particular Phil Silvers performance
Just come across this website after reading about the Complete DVD Box Set, and watching 'Carry On Follow That Camel' over the weekend! Phil as Bilko was the greatest TV comedy of all time, and I've been hoping for a proper full collection for many years. Great to find out it is now out of Time-Life purgatory at last. I would certainly have signed the petition if I'd come by here sooner, sorry. I know there will be many episodes which were not broadcast by the BBC (and which I have therefore never seen), which is incredibly exciting.

I will definitely be buying this very soon in any case, but (boring bit!) could you let me know if this set does proper justice quality wise? Also, are the US/UK versions identical (except for the artwork, of course!), and if there is anything to recommend one over the other? Many thanks!
Great news on the DVD. Been many years since I have seen Bilko but it used to be mandatory viewing late nights on BBC2 - he's sadly absent over here in NZ.
My dad got me watching Phi Silvers when I was a kid, I'm 56 now and its as funny now as it was then........PURE CLASS
Great to meet you last week and all the very best for the future. Looking forward to the DVD Box Set !
Hi Mick and Steve,

This is a marvelous site, well done.

Nice meeting you both

Derek
Delighted to meet you and Cathy Silvers at NFT last night. I gave a talk on Bilko to a book club last April.Has anyone ever tried writing Bilko fan fiction?
The greatest improviser of one line rebuttals, a vibrant personality and a good heart
One of the most talented comedy actors ever,it no surprise his shows were rerun for so long on BBC2 as I remember. Good to know that they may show some more Bilkos next year.
A wonderful memory from my childhood. Rarely missed a show.
A long time fan of The wonderful Sgt. Bilko show, I was once regaling my native New Yorker friend about some of my favorite episodes. "Musselman's Law" came up, and it was then from my friend that I learned where "Musselman's Law" got its name. According to my friend, Musselman's Applesauce was /is a staple which could be found in almost every Jewish kitchen in New York, probably including Nat Hiken's, Phil's and all of his writers.
I first started watching Sgt bilko about 40 years ago and was totaly hooked we only had three chanels back then not the 6000 we have now ......i saw you in it's a mad mad world and thought what a talent this guy has got i would be drawn into your kwick witted acting and sillyness. you have always been my alltime comedy hero I have your autobiagraphy THE MAN WHO WAS BILKO which i don't want to read as i don't want to bend the pages stupid i know .. i have all the phil silvers show (Sgt bilko) episodes and a few films.. mad mad.. carry on... you are a guy i would love to have met just to have half an hour with a true comic legend
Always loved The Phil Silvers Show. It was funny then and it's funny now.
I love his old shows and sense of humor. His old shows are still broadcast here (Portland Maine). Hope they never stop.
I came across two interesting articles on Phil within the excellent Kliph Nesteroff comedy website.

Firstly, an interview with comedian Bobby Ramsen mentions a pilot that was completed by Phil (including Ramsen) in 1951. Ramsen emphasised that "Television" was desperate to utilise Phil and searched for numerous vehicles until he was teamed with Nat Hiken. This anecdote reinforces Jack Benny's comment to Phil: "that Television will come looking for you." However, it appears to puncture the widely accepted view of Hubbell Robinson Jr "spotting" Phil as an mc at an event with government big-wigs in 1954. Any views on this would be welcome.

The second interesting fact was an interview with Ben Starr (writer on "The New Phil Silvers Show") who advised that writing for Phil was a wonderful experience and that he was one of the sweetest stars he encountered. Let's forget that Starr occasionally wrote for the Stalin of comedians, Red Buttions!

Regards as ever to Mick and Steve
Hello,

I am a die hard Phil Silvers/Bilko fan from across the pond. I have been collecting Phil memorabilia for some time now and about 15 years ago I came into a possession of what i think is a very rare piece. However I'm not sure of it's origins. Maybe someone can help?

It appears to be a brass bust of Phil as Sgt. Bilko approximately 7 inches high and 3 1/2 inches across. It is very heavy and says Phil Silvers or Bust - "The Phil Silvers Show" - Winner of 8 Emmys - Sponsored by Ronzoni.

My guess is it was given to someone at CBS...possibly by the sponsor. I also would wager that it dates back to the late 1950's. I can send photos.

I was thinking of selling it so if anyone could help please let me know.

Thanks for your comments. The busts were handed out as commemorative pieces when the show was sold into syndication, Ronzoni being one of a handful of show sponsors. If you are looking to sell then please contact us again here...
Growing up in cairo in the 1960s, english TV shows were at a premium, and those that we did get to watch were invariably dubbed into arabic. For reasons that I still have not been able to fathom, perhaps it could be that egyptian censors were totally unable to comprehend Sgt. Bilko's wickedly wonderful sense of humour, the show was broadcast in english. And that for me started a lifelong love affair with what in my humble opinion is one of the funniest TV serials to have been broadcast ever. I have lived in the UK since the early 1980s and i cant wait for the next round of repeats! i must confess though that the movie was a bit of a disappointment and did not do justice the great Sergeant. May he forever rest in peace.

Great story Anwar....so good to know the Old Sarge travels so well!!
Thanks for a great website and many happy memories. I have always loved Phil and the Bilko show. Like many others I fondly remember staying up late as a teenager to watch the BBC2 repeats.

Thanks again and Happy New Year to Phil / Bilko fans / devotees everywhere.
I have been a fan ever since I discovered the Phil Silvers show in my teens. Great to see that I'm not the only one with such a deep appreciation for the funniest show ever made! - Stephen C. of Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA
Had the great pleasure of meeting you two boys at Memorabilia recently. What a joy it was to find your display amongst a sea of the usual sci-fi and comics! Your stall was marvellous and the love and affection you obviously have for Phil was truly heartwarming. I love your website, so informative. Keep up the fantastic work!

Many, many thanks for your kind words Albert!