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For the silent film, see Paula (1915 film). For the 2016 film [1], see Paula (2016 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 by Rudolph Maté
Produced by Buddy Adler
Screenplay by James Poe
William Sackhelm
Based on Lawrence B. Marcus
(as Lawrence Marcus)
Starring Loretta Young
Music by George Duning
Cinematography Charles Lawton, Jr.
Edited by Viola Lawrence
Columbia Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • May 15, 1952 (1952-05-15)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English



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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