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PHIL SILVERS - COLLECTION WITH PAUL FORD, MICKEY FREEMAN, ALLEN MELVIN - HFSID 293048

THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW Collection of 4 photos featuring Phil himself as Sergeant Bilko, and fellow cast members Allan Melvin, Mickey Freeman and Paul Ford. Melvin and Freeman are also shown in their uniforms. Collection comprised of 1) Photograph signed: "Phil/Silvers". B/w, 8x10.

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THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW
Collection of 4 photos featuring Phil himself as Sergeant Bilko, and fellow cast members Allan Melvin, Mickey Freeman and Paul Ford. Melvin and Freeman are also shown in their uniforms.
Collection comprised of 1) Photograph signed: "Phil/Silvers". B/w, 8x10. Shown as Master Sergeant Ernie Bilko from the TV sitcom You'll Never Get Rich. Corners creased. Edges lightly toned. Ink note 9unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition. 2) Photograph signed: "Hello/Mickey Freeman/Pvt. Zimmerman". B/w, 8x10. Cast photo from the same series. Fine condition. 3) Photograph signed: "Allan Melvin". B/w, 8x10. Shown in uniform as Corporal Henshaw. Fine condition. 4) Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Morrison Junior High School 73:/All best wishes and best regards,/Paul Ford". B/w, 8x10. Not shown here in character as Colonel Hall. Notches at left edge from binding. Surface creases seen head on. Otherwise, fine condition. Former vaudeville and burlesque performer Silvers (1911-1985) starred in film comedies from the early 1940s, and he won two Tony Awards on Broadway (for Top Banana (1950) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1971). His biggest success was probably on TV, however, cast as Sergeant Bilko, winner of five Emmys in the sitcom You'll Never Get Rich (1955-1959). As the head NCO of the motor pool at a small Kansas army base, Bilko was constantly scheming to disprove the old adage that "you'll never get rich" in the army. Paul Ford, as base commander Colonel Hall, ineffectually tried to curb Bilko's shenanigans. ALLAN MELVIN, as Corporal Steve Henshaw, and MICKEY FREEMAN, as Private Fielding Zimmerman, were accomplices in Bilko's capers. Melvin had no major TV or film credits beyond the Silvers show. Freeman made a few guest appearances, including on episode of McHale's Navy. However, PAUL FORD (1901-1976) parlayed his success as the apoplectic Col. Hall into many character roles, playing army colonels again in stage and film versions of Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) and of Never Too Late (earning a Tony nomination for this one in 1963). Four Items.

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