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Paula (1952 film)

Paula (reissued as The Silent Voice) is a 1952 American film noir drama film directed by Rudolph Maté and starring Loretta Young.[1]

Directed byRudolph Maté
Produced byBuddy Adler
Screenplay byJames Poe
William Sackhelm
Based onLawrence B. Marcus
(as Lawrence Marcus)
StarringLoretta Young
Music byGeorge Duning
CinematographyCharles Lawton, Jr.
Edited byViola Lawrence
Columbia Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • May 15, 1952 (1952-05-15)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States


Distraught after her second miscarriage and learning definitively she could never have children, Paula Rogers, while driving at night, accidentally injures a child. Confused and also expected to attend a function that honors her husband, Paula doesn't follow the child to the hospital as she should. She attempts to tell her husband about the incident but has trouble finding the right time.

Later, overcome with remorse, she looks to get close to this child and becomes a helper at the hospital. The child is an orphan with limited health care available. The doctor recognizes Paula's need to be useful and asks if she would become his speech therapist and guardian. She finds meaning and purpose in her life as she engages the little boy in intensive therapy necessary to recover his ability to speak.[2]



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