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Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Ol’ Robbo was over at Netflix charging up his queue when he noticed that two of his favorite Jimmy Stewart westerns, Bend of the River (1952) and The Far Country (1954) simply aren’t listed any more.  (The same thing happened when I tried to check out Land of the Pharaohs (1955) a couple weeks back.)

Fuming, I immediately skootched over to the devil’s website and bought “The James Steward Western Collection” which, in addition to these two, also features Winchester ’73 (1950), Destry Rides Again (1939), Night Passage (1957), and The Rare Breed (1966).

It was only twenty bucks, which is good value, but the whole episode reminded me that I am increasingly frustrated by Netflix, who appear to be indifferent to maintaining their DVD library if not outright deliberately culling it.  Right now, my “availability unknown” queue  – which is functionally a fuggedaboutit column – is longer than my “active” one, which itself is peppered with “delay” and “long delay” tags.

Just because I haven’t done a “list”*** post in a long, long time, here’s my current “unknown” queue.  I’ll give you that some of the films are a bit ecclectic or obscure, but some of the titles might surprise you:

Khartoum (1966); The Gods Must Be Crazy (1984); Rio Grande (1950); 633 Squadron (1964); Bandolero! (1968); The World Is Not Enough (1999); Bullets Over Broadway (1994); Flash Gordon (1980); The Freshman (1990); The Flight of the Phoenix (1965); Sleeper (1973); The Man Who Would Be King (1975); Love At First Bite (1979); The Desert Rats (1953); A Fish Called Wanda (1988); The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968); The Last Legion (2007); The Ladykillers (1955); The Crimson Pirate (1952); The Alamo (1960); The Black Swan (1943); The Four Feathers (1939); How The West Was Won (1962); Pork Chop Hill (1959); The Red Badge of Courage (1951); Tarzan The Ape Man (1932); Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai (1984); Love In A Cold Climate (2001);  The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976); Apocalypto (2006); Arsenic And Old Lace (1944); The Highwaymen (2019); Grosse Point Blank (1997); Broken Arrow (1996); The Secret Of My Success (1987); Memphis Belle (1990); Captain Blood (1935); Get Shorty (1995); Batman – The Movie (1966).

I dunno what Netflix’s metrics are for letting a title go overboard, but as I say it’s grrrrr-inducing.  Some of these are obviously purchase-worthy and I’m resigned to doing so, I guess, but others just aren’t.  I thought the whole point of Netflix was to be able to pull up the latter from time to time, but what do I know.

**Yes, it’s actually in paragraph form but WordPress’s quirky auto-paragraphing makes real lists too unwieldy.



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