Cast & Crew
While prospecting in the remote wilderness of southern Alaska, Hank Jones and his daughter Judy, accompanied by their pet bear cubs Mike and Ike, discover an abandoned gold mine that Hank believes contains uranium. As they investigate, the mine caves in, seriously injuring Hank. Judy attempts to navigate their boat through the partially frozen river to take Hank to the nearest settlement for help, but the canoe capsizes, drowning her father. Judy, Mike and Ike then take refuge in a cabin. Several miles down stream, outlaws Mook and Jake, who most recently occupied the cabin, find Hank's body and the map to the mine. They decide to claim the mine for themselves and bury the body to avoid any undue attention from the police. Meanwhile, in Fish Bay, Alaska, Judy's boyfriend, Tom Bransom, and his sister Mary are alarmed by Hank and Judy's absence. Tom flies a seaplane to the area to begin a search. In the wilderness, the cabin is destroyed in a fire, forcing Judy to survive by sheer wit. High above the cabin, Tom spots the smoke from the fire and attempts to land in a nearby river, but ice destroys the pontoons of the seaplane and sink it. Tom escapes unharmed and swims ashore, where he finds the cubs and Judy's locket. Back at the cabin, the outlaws find a note from Judy apologizing for the fire and offering to compensate them for the damage. Assuming Judy also has stake in the claim, the outlaws decide to track her down and kill her. With Mike and Ike's help, Tom finally finds Judy in a deserted Indian village. Soon after, Mook and Jake spot Judy's recent campfire and then find the couple, but the outlaws are killed in an ensuing gunfight before they can harm Tom and Judy. After learning that a native has reported spotting seaplane wreckage in the area, Mary flies there and brings Judy and Tom back to civilization. Later, a representative from the Manhattan Project inspects the mine and finds a rich uranium deposit. Judy and Tom, now wealthy from the mine profits, marry and move to California to raise their first-born, Hank, Jr.
The film opens and closes with narration by the character of the Manhattan Project mine inspector. The film was shot on location in Alaska. The Daring Miss Jones has a plot similar to that of Taku (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40), also directed by Norman Dawn. In Taku, prospector Hank Jones is lost in the Alaskan wilderness, when his daughter Mary goes in search of him with the help of two bear cubs. Although the screenplay outcome is different, the characters in Taku could be the basis for The Daring Miss Jones.
According to information in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA collection at the AMPAS Library, The Daring Miss Jones was almost finished by 1947. Based on the film's script, the Breen office objected to the numerous scenes in which actress Sally Forrest undressed, and did not issue the film a PCA number. Correspondence dating from 1951 notes that the film became publicly embarrassing to Forrest, who had become a popular actress in the four years before the film's release in 1951. This film marked the motion picture debut of popular television actress Betty White.
A June 5, 1953 Daily Variety article states that Exploitation Film Distributors, Inc. won over $11,000 in a legal suit against Classics Pictures, Inc., which had distributed the film in the New York area and had not given the agreed percentage of the profits to the plaintiff.