In my earlier Sherlockian days I would have been afraid to watch a movie like T.P.L.O.S.H.
I would have been, Sherlockianwise, to immature to appreciate the irreverence in this wonderful movie.
But with my use of Amazon Prime I am finding several Sherlock Holmes movies I have never seen before available to watch for free. And luckily this was one.
The film is divided into two parts.
The first seems to want to set some things clear about Holmes and Watson and has very little to do with the actual case that follows.
The second part is a mystery about a missing scientist and follows ( and could be the inspiration for ) much of the plot of Without a Clue.
Historically there are suppose to be two more 'episodes' in the movie, but they were removed once the movie went into wider release.
Watson is played wonderfully high-strung by Blakely and is definitely there for a comic element.
The sets and scenes are fantastic, being filmed at Pinewood Studios and on location in Scotland.
Although Stephens will not go down as one of my favorite Holmes, his performance did grow on me as the movie went along, showing a range of emotion modern viewers of the new 'Holmes' would find appealing.
With that said, I give it four pipes for fun.