Patricia Blair 

aka Lou Mallory ~ owner of the General Store, Madera House,
 a farm and several parcels of land

Lou Mallory Episode 145
AP Wire Press Release

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The Rifleman - Lou Mallory - New gal in North Fork

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HCP092601-9/26/62-hollywood: Chuck Connors, star of ABC-TV's "Rifleman" series has a new girl friend. Chuck failed to marry the last one Joan Taylor who went "back east" leaving Chuck (Lucas McCain in the series) to find another gal. The new gal is Patricia Blair who plays the role of "Lou Mallory".
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(Another) - New Romantic Interest for 'The Rifleman' Connors
By Cynthia Lowry

The Montreal Gazette Monday August 6, 1962

Hollywood - Chuck Connors will deny it furiously, but the truth is that Lucas McCain is fickle.

For the last year, television stalwart, right-thinking, fast-shooting Rifleman has been seriously romancing a girl names Millie. Lucas soon will put her out of sight and mind. And, at the same time, a new girl will enter his life.

The ABC program soon will start its fifth season. Earlier this week Connors threw a party to introduce the pretty red-head. Patricia Blair, who in the third new program if the fall will catch our hero's unexpectedly roving eye.

Originally, The Rifleman added a dark-hard Joan Taylor to the cast of regulars, partly to inject some romance into the adventure-filled life of widower McCain and his young son and partly to satisfy feminine fans of the program who wrote worriedly about the lack of gentle, motherly influences on the young boy.

But a popular television series run into certain serious problems as it grows older, there is need for change and variety, but there are limit actions. Obviously, they couldn't change the characters played by tall, good humored Chuck or by Johnny Crawford, playing his son. One answer was a new romantic interest. So Pat, a Dallas girl who moved on to acting after a modeling career, got her chance.

In order to tie up all the loose ends and to stop a flood of fan letters demanding to know what happened to Millie, the program explained she suddenly was "called back East." The Pat, playing a lady called Lou, will come to town and take over the local hotel.

Connors heatedly defends Lucas' switch of affections.

"He's not fickle," he insisted. "He doesn't change girls like automobile tires. After all, he couldn't help it if she had to go east."

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