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

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.[1] 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.



  1. ^ Dick p. 166