004 Historical Comedy – Old
I’m glad I heard The Demon Cakestand of Beastley Chase (originally from 1984) after I’d discovered MR James and the Jamesian ghost narrative, as it makes it a lot funnier that way. Written by “MR James Hendry” and “Edgar Ian Brown,” it is a delightful send up of James’ Christmas ghost stories. It stars Stephen Fry as Melbourne, a lord with a penchant for sweet stuff who find an antiquarian woodcut which is covered in jam which leads him to a vicar who mimics all kinds of sounds and Lord Beastley who owns a medieval book about cakestands. All three of them enter a sinister tomb in the shape of a meringue and encounter Felkoff, a demon who sandwiches the Vicar with cream. The other two eventually meet a similar fate. This was made hilarious by a raspberry sound every time the word “cakestand” was said. I trust that, wherever he is, James took it with a good grace. It also starred Royce Mills, Sheila Stiefield, Michael Ripper, and Nick Revell.