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Bilko: behind the Lines with Phil Silvers (Thorndike General) Paperback – Large Print, 28 Feb 2002


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  • Paperback: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Large type edition edition (28 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786236930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786236930
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 15 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,646,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 May 2001
Format: Hardcover
I watched bilko as a boy and as a adult and have seen all eposides many times and they are a historical part of our culture,comedy at its best which is timeless and could always raise a laugh,watch bilko and his crew and forget everything else in life.This book by one of the bilko crew gives an insight into each star of the bilko show,from the lonely Dobberman to the sex mad sgt Rupert Ritzik. Im sure Zimmerman could have filled dozens of pages with anecdotes,in the book each one is a gem.I read the book in one reading and turned each page with anticipation and was never dissapointed. I found the short summary of each of the 142 eposides very helpful indeed as I could visualise the excerpts from memory. As the author says Bilko is always on some channel at some time each day of the week giving countless generations something very simple "a laugh"
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jun. 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Phil Silvers Show, also known as Sergeant Bilko, or "You'll Never Get Rich," was one of the all-time greats as well as being a forerunner in the art of ensemble comedy. Mickey Freeman and Sholom Rubinstein have collaborated to put together a delightful retrospective consisting of thumbnail sketches of the main characters with many personal memories. Mickey, who still works as a stand-up comedian, sprinkles the text with his own quick wit. The last third of the book is a set of synopses in chronological order of each of the shows, in far more detail than has been done in any previous literature. This book is a must for fans of the show and comedy in general. In short, I had to read it in a single sitting, at the cost of a lot of sleep. It was well worth the effort, I only woke my wife twice by laughing too loudly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 July 2000
Format: Hardcover
Being a true Bilko fan, this was always going to be a book for me. However, whilst I did enjoy Zimmermans back-room tales of Silvers on and off screen life, I wish I would have got a little bit more for my money! Many of the stories were quite new to me and did raise a laugh - and I now feel slightly closer to the real Bilko...and the real Silvers. One further result...I've started to re-watch all my old Bilko tapes (I've about 75 on video).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Aug. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I think not! Anyone who enjoys "The Phil Silvers Show" will testify as to the timeless quality of the humour, and whether we would care to admit it or not, this is a book aimed at "Bilko" junkies who need a regular 'fix' of anything to do with the show. Mickey Freeman brings us closer to Phil Silvers and the Cast with dozens of anecdotes and funny one-liners. A great read. However, one major gripe, Mickey - "RoseDALE"...how could you? (Should, of course, be RoseVILLE)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cathy C on 23 Sept. 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
An enjoyable book written by Bilko's Platoon mate Private Zimmerman (Mickey Freeman). The first half of the book outlines the making of the Phil Silvers Show and Freeman recalls events that affected/influenced the show and most importantly gives an insight of Nat Hiken.

The reminder of the book has a detailed account of the 142 episodes of the Phil Silvers show with behind the scene anecdotes and includes a few (but could do with more) photographs directly from the show's scenes and a couple of the director at work.

If you are a fan of Bilko, this is a really good book to have. A bit pricey but a good read.
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