4 user

Come in Spinner 

The three proprietors of a beauty salon located in a lavish Sydney hotel find their futures looking uncertain as American troops gain the upper hand against Nazi forces in the winning days of WWII.




7 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
Lisa Harrow ...  Claire Jeffries 2 episodes, 1990
Kerry Armstrong ...  Deb Forrest 2 episodes, 1990
Rebecca Gibney ...  Guinea Malone 2 episodes, 1990
Rhys McConnochie ...  Angus McFarland 2 episodes, 1990
Gary Day Gary Day ...  Nigel Carstairs 2 episodes, 1990
Jay Hackett ...  Kim Scott 2 episodes, 1990
Justine Clarke ...  Monnie Malone 2 episodes, 1990
Susan Lyons Susan Lyons ...  Dallas McIntyre 2 episodes, 1990
Kerry Walker ...  Mrs. Molesworth 2 episodes, 1990
Martin Vaughan ...  Blue 2 episodes, 1990
Marie Armstrong Marie Armstrong ...  Bessie 2 episodes, 1990
Leverne McDonnell Leverne McDonnell ...  Ursula Cronin 2 episodes, 1990
Valerie Bader ...  Elvira 2 episodes, 1990
Peter Whitford ...  Mr. Sharlton 2 episodes, 1990
Pat Bishop Pat Bishop ...  Mrs. D'Arcy-Twining 2 episodes, 1990
Lucinda Jones Lucinda Jones ...  Denise D'Arcy-Twining 2 episodes, 1990
Russell Newman Russell Newman ...  Mr. D'Arcy-Twining 2 episodes, 1990
Sonia Todd ...  Helen McFarland 2 episodes, 1990
Judi Farr Judi Farr ...  Mrs. Gartred 2 episodes, 1990
Zoe Bertram ...  Nolly 2 episodes, 1990
Rebecca Smart Rebecca Smart ...  Luen 2 episodes, 1990
Peter Browne ...  Tom 2 episodes, 1990
Gillian Jones Gillian Jones ...  Mrs. Malone 2 episodes, 1990
Brian Harrison Brian Harrison ...  Mr. Malone 2 episodes, 1990
Monica Maughan Monica Maughan ...  Mrs. Scott 2 episodes, 1990
Warwick Moss Warwick Moss ...  Sport Walter 2 episodes, 1990
Randall Berger ...  Maj. Lew 'Alfalfa' Alfrickson, U.S. Army 2 episodes, 1990
Linden Wilkinson ...  Barbara Carstairs 2 episodes, 1990
Donald McDonald Donald McDonald ...  Donald Morris 2 episodes, 1990
Tyler Coppin ...  Calvin 2 episodes, 1990
Tim McKenzie Tim McKenzie ...  Tim McKenzie 2 episodes, 1990
Grace Knight Grace Knight ...  Lola 2 episodes, 1990
Vince Jones Vince Jones ...  Singer 2 episodes, 1990
Bryan Marshall ...  Byron 2 episodes, 1990
Gary Sweet ...  Jack 2 episodes, 1990
Alton Harvey Alton Harvey 2 episodes, 1990
Andrew McCarthy Andrew McCarthy 2 episodes, 1990
Susan Rigg Susan Rigg 2 episodes, 1990
Amanda Prosser Amanda Prosser 2 episodes, 1990
Brian Wilkinson Brian Wilkinson 2 episodes, 1990
Sheila Kennelly Sheila Kennelly 2 episodes, 1990
Bruno Walter Bruno Walter 2 episodes, 1990
Audine Leith 2 episodes, 1990
Raymond Duparc Raymond Duparc 2 episodes, 1990
Michael Mundell Michael Mundell 2 episodes, 1990
Haydon Samuels Haydon Samuels 2 episodes, 1990
Max Rowley Max Rowley 2 episodes, 1990


The three proprietors of a beauty salon located in a lavish Sydney hotel find their futures looking uncertain as American troops gain the upper hand against Nazi forces in the winning days of WWII.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



User Reviews

Excellent portrayal of great book.
15 December 2005 | by kristyl_gSee all my reviews

I watched this mini-series out of the blue many years ago when it aired on the Hallmark channel. I wasn't sure what to expect really, but the story was just captivating. I made sure to read the book later on, as soon as I could find a copy. I do confess to quite an excessive amount of interest in War Dramas, but this was perhaps different as the scene was not really set on the battleground, but in the far-flung land Down Under.

Based on the book written by Dymphna Cusack and Florence James about the state of affairs in Sydney, Australia during World War II, it revolves around the lives of three women in particular, Guinea, Deb and Claire. Each of the women have quite a bit of turmoil disturbing their lives, both directly and indirectly due to the War that rages on overseas. All three women work in the beauty salon of the prestigious South Pacific Hotel and the story takes us through their interaction with the customers they wait on and with the other co-workers they deal with. All three however have serious issues regarding the men they are involved with, and plot shifts between them as they each wrestle with their emotions in the hopes of finding happiness.

This however is not a long played out saga, everything happens within the span of a few days, and we are led to see that the war does change a lot of things, regardless of whether one is at the battlefront or not.

Lisa Harrow, Kerry Armstrong and Rebecca Gibney playing the three lead characters all do a superb job. They successfully capture the torment that each of the women feel in the workplace and away from it. In addition, the chemistry that each of the women have with each other is convincing and genuine, and one could easily place these women in the war-stricken Sydney of the 1940's.

Unfortunately, however this mini-series was not given the recognition it deserved, for save for that one time, I have never been able to watch it again. If you get a chance, watch the movie.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.




Release Date:

28 March 1990 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Sydney - U.S. Garnison, 1944 See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


(2 parts)


See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed