The Heart of Paula

The Heart of Paula is a 1916 American silent film directed by Julia Crawford Ivers and William Desmond Taylor, starring Lenore Ulric. This film survives at the Library of Congress.[1][2]

The Heart of Paula
A scene from the film featuring Forrest Stanley & Lenore Ulrich
Directed byJulia Crawford Ivers
William Desmond Taylor
Produced byPallas Pictures
StarringLenore Ulric
CinematographyJames Van Trees
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • April 2, 1916 (1916-04-02)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles

As briefly-described in a 1916 publication, this five-reel film is a "story of romance and adventure in Mexico. Lenore Ulrich is the Spanish girl who loves an American engineer."[3]

Two endings were prepared for the film—one happy and one tragic.[4] This was a first, and critics were asked to vote for which ending they preferred, but the vote ended in a tie.[5]


  • Lenore Ulric as Paula Figueroa
  • Velma Lefler as Claire Pachmann
  • Jack Livingston as Stephen Pachmann
  • Forrest Stanley as Bruce McLean
  • Howard Davies as Emiliano Pacheco
  • Herbert Standing as Mr. Adams
  • Antonio Corsi as Dieguez


  1. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:The Heart of Paula
  2. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress (<-book title) P.77 c.1978 by The American Film Institute
  3. Other Recommended Films, Woman's Home Companion (July 1916), p. 43
  4. (15 April 1916). "Heart of Paula" A Mexican Play, Evening News (San Jose, California)
  5. American entertainment: a unique history of popular show business, p 214 (1978)

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