aka Lou Mallory ~ owner of the General Store, Madera House,
a farm and several parcels of land
— Episode 145
AP Wire Press Release
"Welcome to The McCain Ranch Lou!"
AM'S WED, 9/26 — FOR USE WITH STORY BY JOSEPH FINNIGAN
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".
I collect AP Wire Photos. This is from my personal collection.
I will be posting several of my AP Wire Press Releases from
The Rifleman though out the ranch.
New Romantic Interest for 'The Rifleman' Connors
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
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
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