Review: ‘For the Love of Benji’

Only a heart of steel can resist this pooch. Item finds Benji in Greece embroiled in a tale of international espionage.

Only a heart of steel can resist this pooch. Item finds Benji in Greece embroiled in a tale of international espionage.

Director Joe Camp would have audiences believe that Benji is an unwitting participant in this piece of subterfuge. But this pooch is so smart that chances are he had the plot unraveled 15 minutes after Ed Nelson, as a most unmenacing villain, drugged him and placed the vital info about a scientist with a plan to turn one barrel of oil into 10, on his paw.

The tale itself is slim, and while the plot is a bit contrived, and all of the loose ends tied up a bit too neatly in the film’s last five minutes, it should be remembered that For the Love of Benji is merely a star vehicle. The idea is to watch the dog act.

For the Love of Benji

Production

Mulberry Square. Director Joe Camp; Producer Ben Vaughn; Screenplay Joe Camp; Camera Don Reddy; Editor Leon Seith; Music Euel Box, Betty Box; Art Director Harland Wright

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 85 MIN.

With

Patsy Garrett Cynthia Smith Allen Fiuzat Ed Nelson Art Vasil Peter Bowles
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