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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.
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.
How about that! I diligently VHS - taped as many Bilko shows as I could in the 80s; the exact figure changed from time to time from a combination of tape twist (painful) and accidental erasure, no less hurtful, plus the sheer weight and size of the collection made various flats and houses resemble Doberman's sock drawer...don't go there! Eventually the whole Hiken mess was lost, but is to be imminently replaced by the DVD box set; Diligence has led to Dillingham, in a lousy manner of words. So it's Baxter Basics from Xmas '14 on...Happy Days. Fantastic site men, even an officer could get wise reading through it.
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!
Love the website & ecstatic over the release of the complete Bilko episodes. Loved them as a kid and have been surviving on the paltry prior dvd releases. I shall savour every episode.
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