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Nobody's Perfect (1968)

Unrated | | Comedy | 12 January 1968 (USA)
In 1960's Japan, mischievous American seaman Doc Willoughby tries to outwit his superiors on the U.S.S. Bustard, attempts to woo U.S. Navy, Lt. Tomiko Momoyama and aims to return a stolen Buddha statue to its Japanese temple.

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Alan Rafkin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doug McClure ... Doc Willoughby
Nancy Kwan ... Nurse Tomiko Momoyama
James Whitmore ... Capt. Mike Riley
David Hartman ... Boats McCafferty
Gary Vinson ... Walt Purdy
James Shigeta ... Diver Toshi O'Hara
Steve Carlson ... Johnny Crane
George Furth ... Hamner
Keye Luke ... Gondai-San
Jill Donohue Jill Donohue ... Marci Adler
Bea Bradley Bea Bradley ... Lt. Large
Jim Creech Jim Creech ... Mr. Bayless
Jerry Fujikawa ... Watanabe
Betty Kerwin Betty Kerwin ... Christine
Edward Faulkner ... John Abelard
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This military service comedy chronicles the misadventures of the U.S.S. Bustard in Japan. The crew has stolen a Buddha statue from a Japanese village, which if discovered missing would threaten Japanese/American relations. Doc Willoughby is the ship's petty officer, whose antics are constantly getting him into trouble with his captain. On shore leave, Willoughby falls for a seemingly demure Japanese girl in a kimono shop, who actually turns out to be a Japanese/American nurse in the US Navy, Lt. Tomiko Momoyama. However, it turns out she was betrothed as a child to a traditional Japanese man named Toshi, who fully intends on enforcing tradition. Willoughby divides his time between trying to return the Buddha statue back to the Japanese village it rightfully belongs to, and trying to woo Tomiko from the traditional Japanese man she rightfully belongs to. Written by Anonymous

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Have fun!... with the way-out swingin' crew of the U.S.S. Bustard!

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Comedy

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Isn't fun worth something?
4 March 2007 | by jn1356-1See all my reviews

Nobody ever considered anything about this movie worthy of an Academy Award. Nobody's life was ever changed by this story. But isn't fun worth something? Doug McClure plays a disrespectful ship's doctor (Willoughby) aboard the USS Bustard, skippered by James Whittemore at his most delightful, with an officious XO (played by Gary Vinson--remember him as the lovesick sheriff from the short-lived sitcom "Pistols and Petticoats"? Or was I really the only person in the USA who actually watched that show?). You'll love to hate him, and relish Willoughby's revenge. There's the eternally beautiful Nancy Kwan as the love interest, engaged to James Shigeta, the handsome chauvinist (Shigeta and Kwan also worked together on "Flower Drum Song". Poor, poor James. All that opportunity and he NEVER ended up with Nancy!) Don't waste money buying this, if it's available. Don't turn down a better movie (Many are). But if it's on TV some night and you're insomniacking, watch it. It's a lot of fun!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Bustard See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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