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03/26/04

Benji Premiere In Jackson

It's not every day when the folks in Mississippi can say a big Hollywood movie made its premiere here in the Magnolia state, but, that's what happened in Jackson Thursday evening.

 Benji Returns-Rags to Riches, come to theaters nationwide July 9th, but the movie had its premiere showing last night. The Benji movies were a huge hit back in the seventies, and producer Joe Camp hopes it happens again.

Camp actually found Benji at the Humane Society of South Mississippi a few years ago. Now, the little guy is a Hollywood star.

 The movie could also have a big impact on animal adoptions. When the original Benji came to theaters, by some estimates, one million dogs were adopted nationwide, that might otherwise have not been. The director of the Humane Society of South Mississippi hopes that happens again.

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