For Immediate Release
Sgt. Bilko Reporting For Duty!
Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show
The Complete Series
Available for the First Time on DVD
November 4th, 2014 from Shout! Factory
One of the all-time classic series from the golden age of television,Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show – The Complete Serieshas finally arrived on DVD! This multiple Primetime Emmy Award winner for Best Comedy Series, which originally aired from 1955-1959, was one of early television’s biggest smashes and is known today both as a hilarious sitcom and a star-making showcase for legendary comedian Phil Silvers (It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World) in his signature role as Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko.
On November 4th, 2014, Shout! Factory will release all 142 episodes of theSgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show – The Complete Seriesas a 20-disc DVD box set loaded with bonus features, including new interviews with daughters Cathy, Tracey and Nancey Silvers, rare footage from the 1959 television specialKeep In Step, an episode ofThe New Phil Silvers Showand much more!
Running the motor pool at Fort Baxter, the cagey Sgt. Bilko has always got an ace up his sleeve and a scheme in his head. From get-rich-quick scams to plots designed to keep himself free from the drudgery of work, he’s always running an angle that will be sure to leave his commanding officer Colonel Hall tearing out his hair – and viewers in stitches!
Created by Nat Hiken (Car 54, Where Are You?) and featuring a memorable supporting cast, including Harvey Lembeck, Allan Melvin, Joe E. Ross, and Paul Ford,Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show – The Complete Seriesalso boasts memorable guest stars including Dick Van Dyke, Alan Alda, Dean Martin and Lucille Ball. With some of the snappiest jokes and kookiest characters of all time,Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show – The Complete Seriesrepresents a true masterpiece of American comedy.
Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show – The Complete Series Bonus Features:
- Lost Audition Show
- Original Network Opening
- Original Cast Commercials
- Photo Gallery
- Audio commentaries with Allan Melvin, George Kennedy, Mickey Freeman, Larry Storch and Dick Van Dyke
- “Lucy and the Efficiency Expert” (fromThe Lucy Show: season 5)
Allan Melvin (Cpl. Henshaw) Episode Introductions:
- Promo forThe New Phil Silvers Show
- “Harry, the Good Neighbor” fromThe New Phil Silvers Show
- Interviews with Phil Silvers (includes rare interview fromThe Paul Ryan Show)
- Phil Silvers and Jack Benny onThe Dick Cavett Show
- Footage from the 1959 TV SpecialKeep In Step
- The Cast ofPhil Silvers On Broadway
- New interviews with daughters Cathy, Tracey and Nancey Silvers
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