Rose is caught between two men, Marshal Tom Jackson (George Montgomery) and outlaw Bob "Bitter Creek" Yauntis (Rod Cameron).
Having been raised by her outlaw mother (Isabel Jewell, who also played Belle in BADMAN'S TERRITORY), Rose is skeptical of the Marshal's attention to her...though she might be attracted to him.
Rose also spurns Bob's aggressive moves, but might be weakening about marrying him...though her realization that Tom has been carrying her hair ribbon in his saddlebag could change her mind.
BELLE STARR'S DAUGHTER is an entertaining 86 minutes which is at its best during scenes filmed in the great outdoors. According to IMDb, exteriors were filmed in the High Sierras around Bridgeport, California, and the final chase scenes do look like that area. The black and white filming was by William Sickner.
That said, the film's biggest problem is its bombastic musical score by Dr. Edward Kilenyi. As Montgomery chased Cameron on horseback while the music blared, pistols blazing, I half expected the Lone Ranger to ride into the picture. The music gives the film a sort of cheesy feel, something more appropriate for the small fry than an adult Western. I couldn't help thinking that the movie would play very differently with another score; no music at all might have been better! It's fairly rare when a background score hits me negatively like this. The last Western score I can think of I really didn't like was Elmer Bernstein's music for THE TIN STAR (1957).
Roman does well as the feisty Rose; I especially enjoyed the scene when Cameron was putting the amorous moves on her one night and pulled back her blanket to discover she had a gun pointed straight at him! From this film Roman's career took off, with a terrific portrayal of a very scary woman in the following year's THE WINDOW (1949) further pushing her up through the ranks of stars.
BELLE STARR'S DAUGHTER was directed by Western specialist Lesley Selander, from a script by W.R. Burnett.
Many thanks to Jerry Entract for helping me to see this one at last!