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Oh Heavenly Dog (1980)

A murdered detective must avenge his murder after he is reincarnated as a dog.


Joe Camp




Cast overview, first billed only:
Chevy Chase ... Browning
Benjean ... Benji a.k.a Browning
Jane Seymour ... Jackie
Omar Sharif ... Bart
Robert Morley ... Bernie
Stuart Germain Stuart Germain ... Higgins / Deaf Postie
Alan Sues ... Freddie
John Stride ... Alistair Becket
Donnelly Rhodes ... Montanero
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Margaret
Margaret Courtenay ... Lady Chalmers
Richard Vernon ... Quimby Charles
Frank Williams ... Mr. Easton
Albin Pahernik Albin Pahernik ... Pelican Man
Susan Kellermann ... German Clerk


Browning is a PI with a bad cold, who's sent to investigate a case by a mysterious client.He stumbles across the body of a young woman and is stabbed to death, and when he wakes up in heaven, they tell him he's "marginal material," and they can only decide on his final destination through one last assignment: to go back and solve his own murder. As a dog. A cute fluffy little dog (Benji). Undaunted, Browning begins to investigate the case as best he can around his canine disabilities (dialing the phone presents a special challenge) to solve the murders, save the girl, and see justice done. Written by Kathy Li

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Chevy Chase and Benji team up for big laughs in this tail of murder, mystery and puppy love. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some mild scenes of violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Joe Camp: The director as Mover No. 1. See more »


After it's established that Alister Becket's birthday is March third, Benji remarks that it is six months passed (or six months away). Earlier, however, when scouting the scene of the crime, he looks at the desk calendar and sees that it's mid-October, so really Becket's birthday was less than five months ago or away. See more »


Jackie: Excuse me, is Mr. Shackleton in?
Margaret: I'm Mr. Shackleton. Mr. Browning thought it sounded more official to have two names on the door.
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Crazy Credits

After nearly all of the end titles have passed, "WOOF!" appears on the screen as the final title. See more »


Followed by Benji the Hunted (1987) See more »


Arrow Through Me
written by Paul McCartney
Performed by Wings
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A Classic
27 July 2005 | by McDanielClanof4See all my reviews

I first saw this movie when I was 8 years old. We had just gotten our cable, which was a big treat back in 1982. I use to get the program guide and mark all the times "Oh Heavenly Dog" was on. I became a bit obsessed with this movie. There was something about how goofy and sad Chevy Chase's character appealed to me. I was so intrigued by the beauty and elegance of Jane Seymour's presence. When you combine the two in the movie, everything seemed to fall into place. It was simple and honest. The movie isn't a dramatic masterpiece but its not crap either! As a child and as an adult I still feel the same way. This movie is a warm fuzzy. It is fun to watch, has a good plot and I really like the songs in the opening and ending. It's a classic. Somewhat an unknown among many, but a favorite of mine.

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Release Date:

11 July 1980 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$323,320, 13 July 1980

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1.85 : 1
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