DirectorJoe Camp Initial DVD releaseAugust 9, 2005 Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateJuly 11, 1980 (1980-07-11) CastChevy Chase (Browning), Benjean (Browning), Jane Seymour (Jackie), Omar Sharif (Bart), Robert Morley (Bernie) Similar moviesI Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, Salt, Bloody Moon, Mad Max: Fury Road, John Wick, Brooklyn's Finest
TaglineAn adult tail of murder, mystery, and forbidden love.
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Oh! Heavenly Dog is a 1980 American comedy film written by Rod Browning. The film stars Benjean, billed here as Benji (she was the daughter of Higgins, who originated the role of Benji), Chevy Chase, Jane Seymour and Omar Sharif. The film was directed by Joe Camp and released by 20th Century Fox.
Chevy Chase plays a private investigator who is called to a job and is killed after finding a dead woman. The afterlife has not decided if he is destined for Heaven or Hell, so he is given the chance to return to Earth as a dog in order to solve the case and earn his way to Heaven.
Chevy Chase as Benjamin Browning / Benji (voice)
Benjean as Benji
Jane Seymour as Jackie Howard
Omar Sharif as Malcolm Bart
Robert Morley as Bernie
Stuart Germain as Higgins / Def Postie
Alan Sues as Freddie
John Stride as Alistair Becket
Donnelly Rhodes as Montanero
Barbara Leigh-Hunt as Margaret
Richard Vernon as Quimby Charles
Frank Williams as Mr. Easton
Albin Pahernik as Pelican Man
Susan Kellermann as German Clerk
Lorenzo Music as Carlton
Margierite Corriveau as Patricia Elliot
Harry Hill as Jeffrey Edgeware
Gerald Iles as Patricia's Doorman
Jérôme Tiberghien as Taxi Driver
Kay Tremblay as Lady Hermione
The film was shot in London, Paris and Montreal. Because of England's quarantine laws - which required dogs to be in quarantine for six months - the scenes with Benji were shot in Montreal's old city.
Behind the scenes
Outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage from this film were used in making the short feature Benji at Work (1980), a 30-minute documentary about the career of Benjean as a dog actor.
In his one star review, critic Roger Ebert stated it was not nearly as funny as it would've inspired in a Saturday Night Live ad, calling it a "total miscalculation from beginning to end" Janet Maslin called it a film that "Shows few signs of life, and many signs of depressing modernism"