Paula (1952)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Release Date - May 15, 1952 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Loretta Young plays a guilt-ridden hit-and-run driver in Paula. After leaving the scene of an accident, Paula (Young) discovers that her victim, a young boy named David Larson (Tommy Rettig), may have permanently lost the power of speech. Her maternal instinct overcoming her desire for self-preservation, Paula makes it her mission in life to teach David how to talk again. Still, she never reveals to the boy that it was she who was responsible for his condition. Inevitably, however, he finds out, setting the stage for the film's tear-stained denouement. Paula strains credibility quite a bit, though Loretta Young's strong performance makes the whole thing more believable than it sounds.

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guilt, hit-and-run, injustice, revenge, hitman, running, youth