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Fall In!! We'd love to hear your comments and thoughts on this tribute to Phil Silvers. Please feel free to leave a message. All you have to do is click the 'Add Comment' tab (above right)! It's that easy!

 

 
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!
He was one of the all time comedy greats. For me his best role will always be Sgt Bilko

Bilko; you're still remembered fondly.
a pure classic comedy that is as sharp and witty today as when first broadcast
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
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!
Pure comedy genius. Sadly missed.
One of my favorite shows from yesteryear.
So thrilled to discover this fan appreciation site! So many years later my Great Uncle Phil is still being awed. He was the the original!! A forerunner to so many of the comedy sitcoms we have today. But it was clean, pure, and pardon the pun - unadulterated fun and humor. Wish the writers of today would take a page from the past for humor to actually be funny. And that cursing doesn't mean something is funny. Anyway...glad to see Phil being honored in this way!!! Thanks!!
Simply the best comedy ever!
I've been watching Bilko for well over 50 years, from the original UK airings to the DVD releases, and it's still as funny now as it was in the 50's. The site is a wonderful mine of information about most of the characters in the show, but I can't seem to find any biographic material on Fender. Is there a reason for this, or is it just that I'm looking in the wrong place?

Anyway, a great site, performing a vital function in helping to keep the memory of Bilko and his platoon alive. Long may you prosper.

Thanks for your comments Tam. Work is ongoing on Herbie's bio along with bios of other cast members and will be posted to the site shortly.
I will watch these episodes until the day I die.Head and shoulders above any past,current and [probably ]future sitcoms!! Comic genius at its best!!!
The Phil Silvers Show was without doubt the greatest TV comedy ever made - there is no debate to this fact. well written, brilliantly funny, terrific cast - just perfect. I was introduced to it in the late 70s early 80s by my grandmother, who used to let me stay up late to watch it on BBC1 when it had its regular, if sporadic, late night slot. I joined the appreciation society in 1985 as a young teenager - I believe I might have been the youngest member at the time. My love of Bilko and Phil Silvers has never wained. This website is brilliant - a fitting tribute to the man and a great testament to the excellent work Steve and Mick have done of the last quarter of a century or so.

Thanks Andy for staying the course with us. Glad to know us Bilkophiles are still championing the cause!!
The Phil Silvers Show is, to me, the funniest and most consistent show that has ever been on television.
My dad would tell me about the show and when they started playing the reruns in the '90s, I got to see just what he'd been talking about all of those years. He has since past, but I have very vivid memories of us watching the show together (often in tears).
I have since introduced the show to my kids and they love it like I do.
Thank you Phil Silvers!

Thanks for your wonderful comments Andy! Truly appreciated!
Fantastic tribute and nice to read about the supporting actors. Bring back Bilko!!

Thanks for your wonderful comments Mark. Gladaknowya!!
Thank you for keeping Phil's work and memory alive! He was one of the few truly great comedians of the 20th century and his talent deserves to be preserved, promoted and spread all over the world!

We couldn't agree with you more Fernando. Many thanks for visiting the site!
Wonderful television...never ages but improves with age.
Just found your excellent website. I first saw Bilko in the very early 1980's on the BBC. I have loved the series ever since. Phil Silvers was incredible. Ernie Bilko was the greatest comedy character ever seen on television. I have been watching Comic Relief this evening and whilst it undoubtedly promotes a worthy cause the standard of wit and humour is sadly lacking. Who would have believed that a black and white comedy from the 1950's would surpass its modern counterparts nearly sixty years later. Many thanks to Phil Silvers, Nat Hiken and all the Bilko gang. The laughter continues!
even though the last episode was filmed before i was born to me it is the best show ever
What a great site, a wonderful tribute to Phil Silvers ... It will take some time to see everything here
the phil silvers show is still the best thing around. great show
I watched Bilko as a young boy and again when the shows were repeated on BBC some years later. I watch them again now (those released on DVD) plus some I video taped many years ago and they still give me great pleasure. To maintain the standard of the scripts throughout was a fantastic achievement. One of the few evergreen comedies that never fails to hit the mark.
I've been a huge fan of Phil Silvers and the outstanding Sgt Bilko comedy. Phil has to be the best male comedian in a sitcom and Lucille Ball the best comedienne of The Lucy Show. Phil was also fantastic in Carry on Follow that Camel as Sgt Knocker and in the brilliant 'Its a mad mad mad mad world'. He was great too in his recurring role in Happy Days. A true comic genius with great timing.
Not normally fond of Yanky Shows ~however , I never missed any of BILKO's Progs
Have recordings which I must look for
Just found out about you. Bilko was the greatest sitcom of them all,in my opinion. Is there any Bilko fan fiction?

Thanks for your comments Mark. If you're on Facebook then why not come along and join our ranks? Always plenty of discussion about Phil, his life, his work and of course all things Bilko!
Glorious, stupendous, amazing tribute to my all-time favourite comedian Phil SIlvers.
A colossal website devoted to one heck of a man.........Some crackerjack articles, great photos, wonderful anecdotes and insights......You guys need congratulating for having such patience and commitment to such a huge project......Well done to all concerned......and for the love of Mike get those remaining three seasons released on.......BluRay please!!

Thanks for your comments JJW...Sadly it's not good news re the DVD releases....CBS currently have no immediate plans to release seasons 2, 3 & 4 to DVD....however we ask all devotees of the show to WATCH THIS SPACE! Congratulations to you on your superb website....Gladaknowya!!
A classic series and a class comedy actor who set the standard for others to follow.
Was born too late to see Bilko in the 50s,but as a young kid in the 80s saw the episode with monkey and was hooked.Love Phil silvers and the cast.And I feel probaly the best from Paul Ford to Maurice Gosfild.Hated the THE Steve Martin Movie and the fact they change every one making the corporal a girl with attitude,which i know we live in a changed world,but some things you leave alone because of there greatness.As a Scottish person its my favourite American show and second to Only Fools and Horses a british show. America has given us many brilliant shows but thanks to Phill Silvers and the gang this was the best.This sounds lame but God Bless America for giving us Bilko.
What a fantastic tribute to one of the greats of television. I've never been on an appreciation site packed with so much information , what a great job guys ;-)
This is my first of what will be many visits to this marvelous site. I've always loved Phil Silvers and this is such a great venue for keeping his memory and talents alive. I applaud you for having this wonderfully professional website. It is filled to the brim with information. Nothing has been overlooked. I am very impressed and can't wait to explore more.

Thanks for those kind thoughts Dave. Always happy to welcome a fellow Phil-fan to the site!
Fantastic website in tribute to a great man. Not only is the Phil Silvers show my favourite show of all time, it hugely influenced so many more shows that I now adore as well. I recently watched an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm where Larry David was caught in a choice between his Jewish heritage and a hot Palestinian girl, the episode ended with Larry trying to make up his mind, for me the playful and telling facial expressions were pure Phil Silvers. It was comedy gold.
Without Phil Silvers TV would be a much sadder place and I am forever grateful to him for that.
Brilliant website, filled many gaps in my knowledge of Bilko, just the best comedy performance, montage of actors and scripts ever..
Back in 1983", I spent my first summer coaching soccer (football Uk ) out in New York state, my dream was to meet Phil Silvers, I was pretty naive!!Well fate plays a bizarre hand at times, and after getting a lift from the camp director, was in the back of he car with a kindly octogenarian, who introduced herself as Beatrice Pons, the inimitable wife of Rupert Ritzik......:she was stunned o be remembered, and was a delight, talking all things Bilko,, have a great photo of me and Beatrices at the end, would be very pleased to send this to the website, and details, just let me know
All the best,
Andy Caulton, Amherst New HAMPSHIRE, formerly Burton on Trent

Thanks Andy! Been trying to get in touch with you since reading your story on a website. The Society has been trying to find out Beatrice's whereabouts for many years. Sadly it now seems she has passed on. Please send the image and memories to steviebilko@aol.com so we can feature it on the site.
enjoyed your website - lots to come back to read up. Enjoying the DVD but saddened that palns are on hold for the others.
Keep up the good work.
A big thank you from this longtime Phil Silvers fan. A beautiful, informative site packed with facts and photos of the Great Man!