recently posted that I'd learned Douglas Sirk's SLEEP, MY LOVE (1948), which is not available on DVD in the United States, was available to watch online via Netflix streaming.
I discovered today that there is a veritable treasure trove of films which are out on Region 2 DVD which can now been seen via Netflix's "Watch Instantly" feature. Titles I've watched via Region 2 DVD which can now be seen online include MILLIONS LIKE US (1943), CAPTAIN BOYCOTT (1947), CAUGHT (1949), and ADAM AND EVELYNE (1949). These are all excellent movies which are worth taking the trouble to watch online, especially CAUGHT, which stars James Mason, Robert Ryan, and Barbara Bel Geddes.
Other British titles I've found available via Netflix's Watch Instantly service include SIDEWALKS OF LONDON, aka ST. MARTIN'S LANE W.C. 2 (1938) with Vivien Leigh, Charles Laughton, and Rex Harrison; BOMBSIGHT STOLEN, aka COTTAGE TO LET (1941), with Alastair Sim and John Mills; BLITHE SPIRIT (1945) with Rex Harrison and Constance Cummings (HAUNTED HONEYMOON); THE MAGIC BOW (1946) with Stewart Granger and Phyllis Calvert; HUNGRY HILL (1947) with Margaret Lockwood and Jean Simmons; DULCIMER STREET, aka LONDON BELONGS TO ME (1948) with Richard Attenborough and Alastair Sim; GOOD-TIME GIRL (1948) with Jean Kent; BLANCHE FURY (1948) with Stewart Granger and Valerie Hobson; HIGHLY DANGEROUS (1950) with Margaret Lockwood and Dane Clark; and TROUBLE IN THE GLEN (1954) with Margaret Lockwood and Orson Welles. I'm especially excited about HUNGRY HILL as I've been on the lookout for that title.
The Paramount film BOTANY BAY (1953), with Alan Ladd, James Mason, and Patricia Medina, has also turned up in the Netflix streaming inventory. There's all sorts of other interesting stuff available only online, like FLAME OF THE ISLANDS (1956) with Yvonne DeCarlo and Zachary Scott, JENNIFER (1953) with Ida Lupino and Howard Duff, and some of Joel McCrea's not-on-DVD Westerns like THE LONE HAND (1953) and CATTLE DRIVE (1951).
I was especially happy to learn SEPTEMBER AFFAIR (1950) with Joseph Cotten and Joan Fontaine is available on Netflix, as well as Fontaine's DARLING, HOW COULD YOU! (1951) which I just ordered from an out-of-print dealer; THE BIGAMIST (1953), starring Fontaine, Ida Lupino, and Edmond O'Brien; and FLIGHT TO TANGIER (1953) with Fontaine and Jack Palance.
DEAR WIFE (1949), the sequel to DEAR RUTH (1947), is available, although DEAR RUTH doesn't appear to be. Holden's Paramount film SUBMARINE COMMAND (1951) is another that's available to stream.
I appear to have just scratched the surface of what Netflix has been adding to their streaming inventory. The "Watch Instantly" titles will certainly bear watching...and I'm going to need to find a more comfortable way to watch movies streaming than sitting at my computer desk!