An unlikely box-office success in 1974, Benji was a response to the proliferation of low-quality G-rated movies at the time. Made for $500,000, it grossed $45 million and spawned four sequels. Joe Camp wrote, produced and directed the movie about a stray dog (Higgins of Petticoat Junction fame) that “adopts” a family who hide him from their patriarch, Dr. Chapman (named for the late El Paso broadcast personality and ad man “Uncle” Roy Chapman, who invested in the film). When a band of criminals kidnaps the two Chapman children, Benji must come to the rescue. The movie was shot in the Dallas area. Its theme song, I Feel Love by Charlie Rich, received an Academy Award nomination and won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Camp’s son Brandon Camp began filming a remake last fall.