I'm trying to translate this sentence: (said in a TV studio inside a movie: Ice castles - 1978 if it could help)

"Did you see his face when they missed that film cue?"

Some sentences later there are few more times the word "cue" appears, which are:

  • "Raven, we've got to pick up the cue after that third spot, thank you".
  • "Am I going to have that cue right for tonight?"

From the last two sentences I'd be tempted to translate this as "signal" but I can't get the meaning of "missing the film signal".

What would be the actual meaning of film cue? Thanks in advance!


In theatres or movie and TV studios, a cue is a signal to perform an action. Cues may be explicit, (somebody off-stage or out of the camera's view gives a visual signal, e.g. a wave, a nod, etc) or implicit (a certain place in the script). A film cue may have been a cue in a TV studio to play a piece of movie film (to be broadcast as part of the show).

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