Nobody's Perfect (1968 film)

Nobody's Perfect is a 1968 American comedy film about the fictional USS Bustard and the antics of her crew. It is based on the novel The Crows of Edwina Hill, written by author of western novels and former Navy man Allan R. Bosworth.

Nobody's Perfect
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1968 Theatrical Poster
Directed byAlan Rafkin
Produced byHoward Christie
Written byJohn D. F. Black
Based onThe Crows of Edwina Hill
by Allan R. Bosworth
StarringDoug McClure
Nancy Kwan
James Whitmore
David Hartman
Gary Vinson
James Shigeta
Narrated byJames Hong
Music byIrving Gertz
CinematographyRobert Wyckoff
Edited byGene Palmer
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • January 12, 1968 (1968-01-12)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States


After World War II, four somewhat drunk US Navy sailors steal a Buddha statue from a Japanese village, but as they row back to their ship, they hear that the Navy is cracking down against such thefts, so they hide the statue in a cave. Three of the men are transferred, but the fourth, "Doc" Willoughby, sticks around aboard the submarine rescue vessel USS Bustard, based in Japan, much to the seeming exasperation of his captain, Mike Riley. (In reality, Riley thinks well of Willoughby, despite his occasional antics, and keeps persuading him to continue reenlisting.) Over the next 12 years, Willoughby gets promoted and demoted repeatedly, but eventually rises to the rank of chief petty officer.

While on liberty ashore, Willoughby falls for a seemingly demure Japanese girl in a kimono shop, who actually turns out to be a US Navy Nurse Corps officer of Japanese-American descent, Lieutenant Tomiko Momoyama (Kwan). She discovers she was betrothed as a child to a Japanese man named Toshi (Shigeta), who (after seeing her) fully intends to follow tradition. Toshi's uncle turns out to be from the village from which the statue was taken. Willoughby divides his time between trying to return the statue to the village and wooing Tomiko.



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