Oh! Heavenly Dog

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Oh! Heavenly Dog
Oh heavenly dog.jpg
Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed by Joe Camp
Produced by Joe Camp
Written by Rod Browning
Joe Camp
Starring Chevy Chase
Jane Seymour
Omar Sharif
Robert Morley
Alan Sues
Music by Euel Box
Frank Denson
Cinematography Don Reddy
Edited by Steve R. Moore
Leon Seith
Mulberry Square Productions
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • July 11, 1980 (1980-07-11)
Running time
104 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6 million[1]

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.



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[edit]

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"[2] Janet Maslin called it a film that "Shows few signs of life, and many signs of depressing modernism" [3]

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