|Directed by||Rudolph Maté|
|Screenplay by||James Poe|
|Produced by||Buddy Adler|
|Starring||Loretta Young |
|Cinematography||Charles Lawton Jr.|
|Edited by||Viola Lawrence|
|Music by||George Duning|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Paula (reissued as The Silent Voice) is a 1952 American film noir drama film directed by Rudolph Maté, and starring Loretta Young, Kent Smith, and Alexander Knox. It was produced and distributed by Columbia Pictures.
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.