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No, Ms. Howard. Alistair didn't kill Patricia Elliot. I did. (Jackie: What?) I had to. I spent 12 years getting ready, and she could have ruined everything. One word from heart of Quimby Charles about Switzerland, would make it through you and I. I couldn't let that happen. You need to be prime minister. England needs you. It was all important, and it was all perfect, if it hadn't been for that dog. This was my souvenir in case you haven't doubted my loyalty on my value. It was safely away in a post office box locked in. He's the devil, you know. He is. He came here to stop us, you and me, from being prime minister. Well, he already stopped me, but he won't stop you. He won't stop anything anymore!
~ Malcolm Bart's confession before trying to kill Benji.

Malcolm Bart is the main antagonist of Joe Camp's 1980 comedy film Oh! Heavenly Dog by 20th Century Fox, and a major character in the 1980 short documentary Benji at Work.

He was portrayed by the late Omar Sharif.

Biography

Back at Benjamin's office, his secretary, Margaret, leaves for lunch, and Bart, claiming to be a member of Parliament named Quimby Charles, proposes to hire Benjamin as a bodyguard for a friend, Mrs. Patricia Elliot. Benjamin is reluctant, but Bart offers a lot of money. Benjamin accepts the assignment and goes to visit Patricia at her flat, where he discovers the door unlocked. As he searches the residence, decorated with artwork, he discovers Patricia dead on the bedroom floor, bleeding from a knife wound. Suddenly, Bart fatally stabs Benjamin, steals Patricia's gold pendant and leaves.

In the afterlife, Benjamin awakens at an "intermediate destination evaluation facility", where a counselor named Mr. Higgins informs Benjamin of his death. Before Benjamin can enter heaven or hell, he must complete an assessment assignment that requires him to return to life to solve his own murder. Seeing a front-page newspaper story about the crime, Benjamin realizes that Bart impersonated Quimby. Soon, Benjamin learns, much to his chagrin, that he will return to life in a dog's body. Benjamin, as Browning the dog, lands in Paris and hitches a ride in Jackie's car. In London, he searches for his killer, and is thrown out of Carlton Court, the building where he was murdered. Behind the hotel, Benjamin converses with Freddie, who has been reincarnated as a cat after being killed in a car accident. Freddie directs him to Patricia's flat, where he wanders around, searching for clues, while Malcolm Bart, the man who pretended to be Quimby, watches from a closet. Browning notices a telephone number in Patricia's calendar, marked on the day before he died. Using a pencil to dial a rotary phone, Browning discovers the phone number is the Needham Gallery. Soon, Browning sees Jackie in a conversation with the building manager. When the manager threatens to notify Scotland Yard about the dog, Browning disappears.

Soon, Jackie visits the Needham Gallery, and leaves Browning in her parked car. There, she meets Montanero, an artist whose work Patricia often used in her interior design work, and Jackie invites him to her flat for dinner. Jackie is introduced to Alistair Becket, an up-and-coming candidate for prime minister, who shows great interest in her book. Browning searches the gallery, and soon sees Jackie talking to Bart, the killer. At the sight of the dog on Jackie's lap, Bart becomes leery and leaves. Browning wiggles free from Jackie's grasp and follows Bart. Later, Jackie asks for Patricia's client list, but her building manager refuses. Later still, Jackie interviews Becket, and asks his help to gain access to Patricia's flat. He then summons Bart, his assistant. While the men talk with Jackie, a painting of the Swiss Alps hanging in Becket's office reminds Browning that Patricia vacationed there, and he suspects a connection.

Later in Patricia's flat, Browning sees Bart remove evidence. Suddenly, Mr. Higgins appears, and temporarily switches the dog back to his human form to warn him that a mistake was made. His dog body will expire sooner than expected, and he will have to leave before he solves his murder. Benjamin protests, and says he will not leave before the crime is solved.

Upon realizing the letters stand for "Alistair loves Patricia", Browning searches Jackie's police photographs and notices that Patricia was no longer wearing the pendent. He deduces that Patricia became a political liability for the married Becket once he intended to run for prime minister, and she became engaged to his rival, Quimby. Therefore, Becket and Bart schemed to get rid of her. Browning grabs the pendent in his mouth and heads to Jackie's lunch. However, Bart chases him until Browning runs into an alley. There, Browning transforms into human form, and Mr. Higgins appears, saying Benjamin's time on Earth is over. Bart is shaken to see Benjamin, and leaves after the dog is nowhere to be found.

Benjamin later shows up at the restaurant as Browning with the pendant in his mouth. Becket grabs the pendant away from Jackie, and accuses her of derailing his plan to become prime minister. Browning turns on Jackie's tape recorder just as Becket confesses his love for Patricia. When Jackie accuses Becket of murder, Bart appears and confesses to the crime. After twelve years preparing Becket to become prime minister, Bart did not want Patricia to ruin their political ambitions. Bart is arrested when he tries to shoot Browning but hits Jackie instead as she shields the dog from harm.

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  • When Browning tricks Bart into thinking his Benji counterpart escaped into the sky, he is supposed to realize that Browning was the same man he murdered earlier.

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            Benjilogo Villains

Movies
Benji (1974): Kidnappers (Mitch McConnell, Linda Fulmer, Henry Newton & Riley Bonner) | Store Burglar
Hawmps?: Naman Tucker† | Bad Jack Cutter† | Crazy Feathers† | Horse Soldiers | Outlaws | Comanches
For the Love of Benji: Chandler Dietrich | Ronald and Elizabeth | Calaga
The Double McGuffin: Harold Firat | Assassins (Big Black Assassin, Bearded Assassin & Moras)
Oh! Heavenly Dog: Malcolm Bart | Alistair Becket
Benji the Hunted: Timber Wolf† | The Poacher | The Eagle
Benji: Off the Leash!: Terrance Muncy Hatchett
Benji (2018): Kidnappers (Syd Weld, Titus Weld, Rott & Cajun Captain†) | Captain Newsome

Shorts
Benji at Work: Malcolm Bart
Benji Takes a Dive at Marineland: Boris Todeth

Television
Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince: Zanu | Darah and Khyber | Zord | Harwell Thompson | Rustlers | B.J. and Farley Matthews | The Vikings | Johnny and Marge Stevens | Circon

Video Games
Benji's Space Rescue: Drones

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