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20th of April 2015 05:46 PM by Burt
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.
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31st of March 2015 03:08 PM by Russ Jones
Still loving watching the repeats on Forces Tv. One of the best Tv shows in history.
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17th of March 2015 04:52 PM by Peter Johnson
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.
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13th of March 2015 09:58 PM by David Skillen
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.
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9th of March 2015 05:59 PM by STEPHEN DREW
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21st of February 2015 08:13 PM by JOHN HARROD
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!
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15th of February 2015 12:30 AM by Mark Lukasiak
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.
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15th of February 2015 12:29 AM by Mark Lukasiak
My dad was Stash Kadowski. So nice to see your site keeps the Bilko Show alive.
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12th of February 2015 08:49 PM by Vincent Stafford
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 !
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29th of January 2015 10:55 PM by Trevor Honeyball
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!
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28th of January 2015 06:41 PM by Paul Denton
Superb site for a superb actor
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21st of December 2014 12:38 PM by Scouseacus
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'
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9th of December 2014 09:13 PM by Mike Hobbs
Simply the best.
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1st of December 2014 04:32 PM by Chris
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.
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1st of December 2014 01:59 PM by bill steel website:
Funny, funny!!!
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30th of October 2014 03:08 PM by ian wood
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
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27th of October 2014 04:28 PM by Clive Roberts
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.
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27th of October 2014 10:38 AM by Rob Burton
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"!
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18th of October 2014 05:33 AM by Charles Hodgson
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!
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15th of October 2014 12:32 AM by Andrew Sutton website:
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
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13th of October 2014 06:58 PM by mike fontanelli
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!
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13th of October 2014 11:16 AM by Bobby
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.
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2nd of October 2014 07:51 PM by Tony Dallman
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
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24th of September 2014 03:38 AM by Charles Hodgson
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!
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19th of September 2014 11:28 AM by Nick
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.
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16th of September 2014 03:32 PM by Simon (oldham)
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
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4th of September 2014 04:08 PM by Stephen Goulding
Great to meet you last week and all the very best for the future. Looking forward to the DVD Box Set !
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29th of August 2014 06:36 PM by Derek Lyons website:
Hi Mick and Steve,

This is a marvelous site, well done.

Nice meeting you both

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29th of August 2014 02:36 PM by mark taha
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?
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16th of August 2014 10:11 PM by rosco website:
entire complete series to be released
check amazon us
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16th of August 2014 12:20 AM by Francesco Scalzo
The greatest improviser of one line rebuttals, a vibrant personality and a good heart
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6th of August 2014 11:13 PM by Paul Lewisburg
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.

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5th of August 2014 01:19 AM by andy
A wonderful memory from my childhood. Rarely missed a show.
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5th of July 2014 02:47 AM by Mike Zelinsky
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.
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23rd of June 2014 11:12 PM by ALAN DEWAR website:
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
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3rd of June 2014 08:32 PM by Steve Reszetniak
Always loved The Phil Silvers Show. It was funny then and it's funny now.
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20th of April 2014 10:55 AM by Denise Eastman website: http://prettywoman1953@aol. com
I love his old shows and sense of humor. His old shows are still broadcast here (Portland Maine). Hope they never stop.
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26th of March 2014 08:33 PM by Graham Laird
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
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20th of February 2014 10:27 PM by nybilko

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...
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12th of February 2014 11:30 PM by Anwar Rizvi
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 good to know the Old Sarge travels so well!!
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5th of January 2014 12:28 AM by Dave Thomas
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.
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22nd of December 2013 10:01 PM by Stephen
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
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6th of December 2013 05:46 AM by Albert Davies
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!
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22nd of October 2013 10:20 PM by alexander david shillington website:
He was one of the all time comedy greats. For me his best role will always be Sgt Bilko

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8th of October 2013 09:36 PM by enbeuu
Bilko; you're still remembered fondly.
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5th of October 2013 04:42 PM by rossco
a pure classic comedy that is as sharp and witty today as when first broadcast
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15th of September 2013 05:44 PM by Gerard Putt
what a wonderful site.ive loved sgt bilko since i was a child.and could watch each episode over and over for a lifetime.god bless you phil X
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14th of September 2013 05:08 PM by Chris Eborn
Hi , Glad I have found you. Thought it has folded after no contact and Mag. Lets get 2-3-4 released.
Cheers Chris.

Hi Chris....Steve and I remember you! Glad u found us! We never really went away - just embraced the new technology! PS - Be sure to join us on Facebook!
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14th of September 2013 02:26 PM by Rob
Pure comedy genius. Sadly missed.
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28th of August 2013 12:48 PM by Electric Eric Marrero website:
One of my favorite shows from yesteryear.