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When Benjamin Browning (Chevy Chase) reaches Heaven, he is sent back to Earth as a dog by a man named Mr. Higgins. Higgins was the original name of the dog (1957-1975) who later became Benji. In this movie, the dog is played by Benji, the daughter of the original Benji.
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Chevy Chase told Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne that he has never seen this film, which he considers his worst.
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Third film of Benji after Benji (1974) and For the Love of Benji (1977).
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"Benji is the only actor ever to be filmed in a bathtub with Jane Seymour" according to Benji.com.
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This was one of three Chevy Chase movies released in 1980. The other films were Caddyshack (1980) and Seems Like Old Times (1980).
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The female dog Benji was apparently the only actress to ever refuse to do a scene with Omar Sharif, according to the official "Benji" website. It states: "Omar's acting style is so intense, Director (Joe) Camp reports, that Benji could feel his intensity, and freaked out every time Omar touched him. This broke Omar's heart, and he was afraid the dog hated him, which was, of course, not true. In the end, to get the scenes, Camp wound up putting on Omar's coat, and being his hands in the scene(s)."
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Then name of the detective agency was "Browning and Shackleton Private Investigators".
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The movie is a rare example, where a film's lead star, Chevy Chase, took shared name-above-the-title top-billing alongside an animal, which was Benji.
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Second of three "Benji" cinema movies where Benji the dog was played by the female canine Benji. The first was For the Love of Benji (1977) and the third was Benji the Hunted (1987).
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The only "Benji" movie in the original four film franchise not to feature the "Benji" name in the picture's title.
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This was the last "Benji" film until Benji the Hunted (1987).
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In the U.S., this movie released in theaters only two weeks before another Chevy Chase film, Caddyshack (1980).
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One of two 1980 films starring Jane Seymour. The other picture was Somewhere in Time (1980). Both movies featured fantasy story elements, one time-travel, the other reincarnation.
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The movie was notable for being the first Benji movie not to normally have for all ages General or Universal classification rating in various territories. The picture instead usually garnered the equivalent of a PG (parental guidance) rating when classified. Film critics noted the movie's more adult tone which included profanity and sexual innuendo, something which was not typical of a family or children's film. As such, this picture was, in a sense, the first Benji movie with "adult" content.
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According to the official "Benji" fan-site, "Benji is the only American actor ever banned from England. The British had a six-month quarantine on dogs in place, when Joe Camp wanted to shoot this movie there. The film had to be shot in Canada and France. The river scene at the end of the picture with Benji and a cat, is supposed to be the Thames, reports Camp, but is actually the Seine, at that famous spot right across from Notre Dame."
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The nicknames of Benjamin Browning (Chevy Chase), mentioned at the end of the movie, were "BJ" and "Benji". The latter is a reference to Chase's canine co-star Benji.
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One of two 1980 "dog" movies starring Chevy Chase. The other movie, Neil Simon's Seems Like Old Times (1980), featured several pet canines, who were also seen prominently on the movie's main poster.
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Star Billing: Chevy Chase (first), Benji (second), Jane Seymour (third), and Omar Sharif (fourth).
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Both the name of Chevy Chase and the character he played, Benjamin Browning, were alliterations.
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The make and model of the flashy red sports car that Jackie Howard (Jane Seymour) drove, was a 1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce.
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The only "Benji" movie in the original four film franchise not filmed in the U.S., not even partially shot stateside.
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Chevy Chase made fun of this movie on the first episode of The Chevy Chase Show during his opening monologue. He said his family tied him up and made him watch Oh Heavenly Dog twice.
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Private Investigator Benjamin Browning's (Chevy Chase's) fee per day, plus any expenses, is never disclosed.
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Robert Morley received a "Guest Star" credit.
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The name of the fictitious book, that Bernie (Robert Morley) had on the table at the restaurant, was "Weeds in the Yard: Scotland Yard's Great Blunders" by L.E. Love.
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The registration number on Benji's dog-tag was "BJB 779".
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Debut produced screenplay of Rod Browning.
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According to Wikipedia, "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".
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The movie was part of a 1970s-1980s-1990s cycle of Hollywood angelic comedies which had started with Heaven Can Wait (1978). The films included that movie and Two of a Kind (1983), The Devil and Max Devlin (1981), Defending Your Life (1991), Kiss Me Goodbye (1982), The Heavenly Kid (1985), Made in Heaven (1987), Almost an Angel (1990), Oh, God! (1977), and its two sequels.
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After The Double McGuffin (1979), this was Joe Camp's second consecutive mystery film.
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One of the streets seen in this detective-mystery movie was Rathbone Street. The name was a reference to Basil Rathbone, who had portrayed Sherlock Holmes on-screen several times in movies.
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According to film critic Roger Ebert, "several scenes (were) inspired by Heaven Can Wait (1978)", while "Rating the Movies" said that the picture's "plot is reminiscent of Heaven Can Wait (1978)". Halliwell's maintained the film was "an uncredited remake of You Never Can Tell (1951)". "TV Guide" stated that the movie is a "reversal of the Dick Powell comedy You Never Can Tell (1951) (wherein a murdered dog returns to earth as a human to find his killer)". "Halliwells" compares You Never Can Tell (1951) with Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), the latter was actually re-made as Heaven Can Wait (1978).
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Director Cameo 

Joe Camp: The director as Mover No. 1.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

After the film's first act, Chevy Chase is only seen in the movie intermittently. Outside of these scenes, Chase is heard and not seen, the audience hears him only through voice, represented by Benji, who embodies his character.
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The following acronyms had the following meanings (1) LGR - Lower Grade Returnable (2) NTT - Natural Termination Time (3) DAD - Dead as a Door-nail and (4) ALP - Alastair loves Patricia.
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