The Phil Silvers Show (1955–1959)
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The Con Men 

Doberman receives $500.00 but loses it at poker when he meets three strangers from his hometown in a café.


Al De Caprio


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Silvers ... MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko
Harvey Lembeck ... Cpl. Rocco Barbella
Paul Ford ... Col. John T. Hall (credit only)
Allan Melvin ... Cpl. Steve Henshaw
Walter Cartier Walter Cartier ... Pvt. Claude Dillingham
Herbie Faye ... Cpl. Sam Fender (as Herby Faye)
Bernard Fein Bernard Fein ... Pvt. Gomez (as Bernie Fein)
Mickey Freeman ... Pvt. Fielding Zimmerman
Maurice Gosfield Maurice Gosfield ... Pvt. Duane Doberman
Jack Healy Jack Healy ... Pvt. Mullen
Karl Lukas Karl Lukas ... Pvt. Stash Kadowski
Billy Sands ... Pvt. Dino Papparelli
Maurice Brenner Maurice Brenner ... Pvt. Irving Fleischman
P. Jay Sidney P. Jay Sidney ... Pvt. Palmer
Sally Mansfield Sally Mansfield ... Jean


Doberman receives $500.00 but manages to lose it all at poker when he is befriended by three strangers in a café who just all happen to be from his home town. He doesn't realise that he has been taken but Bilko clearly sees this as a con and sets about getting himself conned by these same three strangers. Unfortunately for them the hunters become the hunted and it isn't long before Doberman has his money back and the platoon welfare fund is swelled. Written by Stephen Farnsworth

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Comedy | Family





Release Date:

1 May 1956 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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This episode discloses that Pvt. Duane Doberman (Maurice Gosfield) hails from Allentown, PA. and that Cpl. Sam Fender (Herbie Faye) was a tailor before he joined the Army. See more »

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Bilko Turns The Tables To Help Doberman
18 September 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Doberman receives a check for $500. Everyone in the platoon now is his friend including Bilko, of course. But when Doberman volunteers to give Ernie the check for safekeeping because he trusts him, Bilko is genuinely touched and is now looking out for the slobby solider's best interests.

Unfortunately, the next day Doberman goes to a hotel in town to meet Bilko where the sergeant is going to help with new clothes and make the private a new man. Before Bilko can meet him, however, Doberman loses the $500 to three con artists, who fleece naive soldiers with a rigged poker game. Bilko, familiar with these tactics, shows up at the hotel the next day and pretends he's one of these dupes, to con the con men and get Doberman's money back.

You can guess who gets fleeced next! In all, a "decent" episode but not as good as I had hoped it would be with its premise.

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