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Bilko Joins the Navy 

Bilko is on furlough in San Diego with only $7 between him, Paparelli and Zimmerman. He hears about a Navy crap game and wins a fortune but then ends up at sea as a serving sailor.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Silvers ... MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko
Harvey Lembeck ... Cpl. Rocco Barbella
Maurice Gosfield Maurice Gosfield ... Pvt. Duane Doberman
Allan Melvin ... Cpl. Steve Henshaw (as Allen Melvin)
Paul Ford ... Col. John T. Hall
Bernard Fein Bernard Fein ... Pvt. Gomez (as Bernie Fein)
Maurice Brenner Maurice Brenner ... Pvt. Irving Fleischman
Terry Carter ... Pvt. Sugie Sugarman
Herbie Faye ... Cpl. Sam Fender
Mickey Freeman ... Pvt. Fielding Zimmerman
Jack Healy Jack Healy ... Pvt. Mullen
Billy Sands ... Pvt. Dino Papparelli
Walter Greaza Walter Greaza ... USN Capt. Spencer
Larry Douglas Larry Douglas ... USN Lt. Larson
Jean Carson ... Bridgett


Bilko takes Paparelli and Zimmerman to San Diego on furlough - but only because they have some money. $7 obviously isn't going to go far but with the Navy back in town Bilko soon hears about a no limits crap game. The three of them borrow some Navy uniforms from the Army & Navy store and infiltrate the game. Just as Bilko wins about $4,000 the game is broke up by the Navy MPs, the money is confiscated and the men sent back to their ships. Bilko, Paparelli and Zimmerman then have to come clean and face jail or go to sea and try and work out what to do from there. Alaska is next stop on the route! Written by Stephen Farnsworth

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Comedy | Family





Release Date:

28 October 1958 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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References The Caine Mutiny (1954) See more »

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Trying To Get Out Of One Serice And Back Into Another
22 March 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Bilko, Zimmerman and Papparelli are all in San Diego but they only have seven dollars between them (Bilko having nothing). They are in a restaurant ordering when three floozies enter and they try to woo them. However, "the fleet" comes back quickly and sweep the girls away from our three guys. Bilko is calling the bus terminal to get tickets back to camp when he overhears a sailor talk about a big-money crap game.

"This is our chance to get back at the Navy," tells his two buddies. "But Sarge, we only have seven bucks," says Papperelli. "Well, that's our lucky number," says Bilko who then goes to work to find out where this top-secret game is being played. He gets lucky when a loser from the big game (played by Larry Storch, who is billed as "the crying sailor") comes in the restaurant. "The crying sailor" gets an unexpected monetary gift and heads right back to the game. Bilko and the boys follow them, then go to the Army-Navy store and get Navy uniforms. Bilko gets into the game, cleans up, but then is "raided" and sent aboard a ship.

How is he going to talk his way out of this one? Actually, he tries a lot of schemes but nothing works, but.....

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