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

"Welcome to The McCain Ranch Lou!"

  The Hollywood Scene
                                by Vernon Scott

(Editors note: Vernon Scott is on vacation. Today Chuck Connors of "The Rifleman" television series announces a new costar..... By Chuck Connors writing for UPI

    Hollywood (UPI) - A few months ago I was handed what I thought was a dream assignment. At least it started out on a dreamlike note, but almost snowballed into becoming a nightmare. The producers of "The Rifleman" and myself decided to add an interesting and attractive feminine personality to our show. We planned to call her Lou Mallory.

     I sat in all the meetings during which it was decided what kind of girl we wanted. Then we started our hunt. I had to interview the actress in question because I had to play opposite of her. Weeks went by and I talked with maybe a dozen girls a day. Talking to beautiful girls and getting paid for it! Like they had asked me to do this? I should have known the old Connors applecart was in for an upset. It seemed too good to be true.

During my baseball career I've had my share of injuries and falls in fights, but this was all child's play compared to the hazardous task of finding a beautiful and talented actress who was right for our show. Today I'm a sadder and wiser man as a result of our great search and while you can't see the scars left by the experience, brother they are there.

One actors seem to have all the qualifications. She was slim, redheaded, and very good to look at. But she had a slight handicap that went against her on a western series -- She was afraid of horses.

I think it was the 30th gal I talked to who was the garlic eater. Just about the time I was ready to give up - some 60 girls later - a redhead from Texas named Pat Blair was ushered into the office. She was Irish like our "Pat Mallory" and I know we made a darn good choice. When we kick off "The Rifleman" in October, you'll know what I mean.

The Rifleman - Lou Mallory - New gal in North Fork

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.

(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."

*Although this article was to introduce Lou to the fans she does mention their first kiss. I wasn't quite sure if I should put this in Lou Mallory - press release or Mark's Rifle - The kiss that never happened or did it?
I decide to put this in both pages.

New Girl Joins "Rifleman" Show For This Season
Star News - September 27, 1962

     HOLLYWOOD (PI) --  Chuck Connors, star of ABC TVs " Rifleman" has gotten another girlfriend, after having failed to marry the last one is producers hired one for the job.
Chuck used to play opposite pretty Joan Taylor and viewers thought, aha, they'd be married before the year is out. But like most nosy matchmakers they were wrong. Connors, who portrays Lucas McCain, never cottoned to his supposed love interest. So, she went "back east", leaving Connors to find another gal.
And that's what Chuck did. This season he'll be holding hat in hand and shuffling his feet in the best Western tradition when he calls on newcomer Patricia Blair.

Plays Irish Immigrant

Miss. Blair, a pretty redhead, plays the role of "Lou Mallory", a girl who emigrates from Ireland and ends up in Chuck's hometown of North Fork. First thing she does is hoodwink the townsfolk, buying up real estate at inflated prices because she knows the railroad builders plan to invade North Fork.
That's not the recommended method for making friends in a community, and Connors rushes to her defense, staunch Western hero that he is. "Lou is very proud, independent and completely self-sufficient". Miss. Blair said. "She's not the gingham dress type of girl". Patricia might have added that "Miss. Lou" has the makings of a mercenary.

Runs Grocery Store

Connors' video girl friend runs a hotel and grocery store, occupations which are bound to compare her with "Gunsmokes" lady saloon keeper "Kitty". "Lou has more warmth", says Pat, who will make her debut on the show October 15. "And I'm not running a saloon. There are more situations that I can get into because I am an integral part of the town."
When Connors isn't fighting bad guys, he'll be battling Miss. Blair and chances of his winning are slight. Instead of a fast draw, Pat has a quick temper. "And Chuck is usually on the receiving end," she said, threateningly. "But he has a temper of his own, so the sparks will fly."
As 'Lucas McCain', Connors portrays a widower with a young son. During the four years "Rifleman" has been telecast, Chuck's romantic life was restricted to Miss. Taylor, now gone. His producers hope he'll take a fancy to Pat.

 "We've had our first kiss", said the anxious Miss. Blair. "I sure hope the public likes the love interest". The pretty actress has a big job. She's got to lasso a fickle public into rangy Connors, both at the same time.

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