TV’s best service comedy with Phil Silvers heading a great cast as Sgt.Ernie Bilko. The cast includes Alan Melvin, Harvey Lembeck, Paul Ford, Maurice Gosfield, Herbie Faye and Billy Sands.
Opening episode:September 20,1955 – “New Recruits” – As always, Bilko needs money. He lost a bundle to three other Sergeants in a poker game. The Chaplain visits Bilko and show him why he lost. His mirror was moved behind him and his poker hands could clearly be seen.
The Chaplain tells base commander Col.John T.Hall (Paul Ford) that Bilko needs something to do. The motor pool runs like clockwork and that’s why he gambles. Hall says Bilko is the best one that’s ever run the motor pool. The Chaplain suggests new recruits. Hall doesn’t want to expose new soldiers to Bilko but goes along with the idea.
Bilko’s old platoon is transferred and in come the new guys. They all have money from home. They also have Private Higgins. He’s from a military school and is a stickler for the regulations. Bilko’s not happy. Cpl.Henshaw (Alan Melvin) and Cpl.Barbella (Harvey Lembeck) keep trying to get him into the Saturday night poker game.
Higgins gives Bilko three hundred-twenty bucks the recruits have asked him to hold. He thinks Bilko should have the responsibility. Alone in his office Bilko deals out some poker hands and ends up getting four aces. He still fights the urge to get to the game.
Of course the whole cast returned in a later show. If you like comedy this is a must see.