"Welcome to the McCain Ranch"
Don’t look now, but we’ve got trouble in North Fork and it starts with a
capitol L! Whew boy, she was a feisty one!
Others met Lou before I did. You see, she was out at the Jackman’s place
talking to them about buying
some of their land. Pa Jackman…he was
speaking to her. “My pappy always said that the true value of land is
measured by the sweat a man puts into it when he works until his hands
is raw and his back pains him until he can’t stand it no more. Then it
sort of becomes a part of him and he becomes a part of it and it
goes…well, when that happens, he thinks twice before he lets go of any
of it and…well, that’s what he said!”
Lou just stood silently and let him have his spill. She shook her head,
not quite getting exactly what he said, but agreeing none the less. He
got two of his sons to agree with him. Lou interrupted him before he
could go on. “I understand what you said, Mr. Jackman,” she stated with
a smirk on her face. Then she gave him a sincere look of concern. “But
I’m not here to buy your hard-worked farmland!” She turned her head and
nodded toward some land. “That land on the hill…that’s what I
want…worthless as it is!”
Pa Jackman couldn’t quite believe it. After all, what could she possibly
do with a big hill of land? But he wanted to get as much money as
possible, so he played it up, assuring her that it was worth something
to them. “Mr. Jackman,” Lou started as she held something up in her
hand. “I have here a bank draft, made out in your favor as a deposit for
the purchase of that land. Accept it now, meet me tomorrow morning at
nine o’clock to sign the papers, and I’ll raise the price fifty
Pa Jackman was over-excited, but he tried to keep his cool as he grabbed
the check from her hand. The boys were excited. They hadn’t seen that
much money before. Pa told them all to be quiet until they were sure she
was gone. Then they all started hooting and hollering. Lou stopped on
the road and turned in the buggy. She’d heard them yelling and was very
pleased with herself! They thought they were getting a really good deal!
This is where I come in to meet the red headed, hot tempered Irish
woman. You see, I’m ridding my horse into town when the Jackman’s come
running by hollering like a bunch of wild Indians! They were on their
way to the saloon to celebrate after closing the deal. I wondered what
was going on, but rode on and parked my horse in front of the hotel. But
as I started to tie Razor to the hitching post, I hear a bossy woman
declare, “Hey Cowboy, you have to tie your horse someplace else!"
I looked up as she spoke to see the red-headed beauty as she started
into the hotel. “Hm?” I was confused. I’d had no trouble hitching my
horse up here before!
"Sorry, new rules! Once I get this place open I don't want anything
blocking the entrance.” I just stared at her, flabbergasted! “I'm sure
you'll understand!" She smiled at me, knowing darn well she could boss
me and somehow get away with it. I turned and looked at Micah. He
actually laughed at me! I looked back at the redhead. “Hm?”
I then turned, the confused expression still on my face, and walked my
horse across the street to where Micah was standing. I didn’t say a
word, but just leaned against the hitching post as I held firmly to my
horse. “Lucas boy.”
I stared at the red head. “Would someone move these hitch racks around
back, please?” Boy, she sure was bossy! I couldn’t quite believe what I
was seeing. I wondered who she was.
“THAT is Lou Mallory, the little lady you came to see about selling
Milly’s store. And from the looks of things, she’s buying up everything
around North Fork she can get her hands on. I wondered why." “Don’t ask
me! She made a deal on Tom Grey's farm the day she got here, bought the
hotel and now just closed a deal for part of Jackman's place."
“Is she asking good prices?” I didn’t need an answer to that. Suddenly,
we heard happy celebration coming from the saloon.
“You don’t hear the Jackman’s complaining.”
I decided to meet this woman for myself. Without saying another word, I
started across the street ready to get to the bottom of things. The sign
on the hotel said “closed.” But that didn’t stop me! I barged right
inside. Not seeing anyone in the lobby, I started into the dining area.
The curtains were drawn, so I just walked on through, not knowing that
Miss Mallory was standing on a chair just on the other side of it. I
caught her as she fell with a scream. "Do you always go charging about
like that?" She yelled. Boy, she sure was angry!
Our faces were close together and my arms were still around her waist.
“I didn’t see you,” I answered.
"Well the next time...watch where you're going!"
“Yeah, I will,” I answered. But I still didn’t move.
“Do you mind?” I suddenly realized I was still holding her in my arms. I
immediately let go. She brushed her hair back. That sour look was still
on her face. “What are you doing in here anyhow?” She walked toward the
front and pointed. “The sign on that door says ‘closed!’ That means keep
out!” She put her hands on her hips.
“Yeah, I know what it means, ma’am, but uh…I thought you wanted to see
me on business.” I sat down in front of her.
She never would smile at me, just kept that mean, tuff looking
expression on her face. “And what business would I have with you?” she
“The General Store. I understand you want to buy it.” That realization
changed her mean looking attitude for sure! When she realized I was
Lucas McCain, she smiled at me and started straightening her hair. I
told her Milly asked me to act for her before she left North Fork.
“And are you in the position to make a deal? I mean, right now?”
“Mm,” I nodded. “If I think it’s fair to Milly.”
“Milly?” She smiled. “She must have been a good friend.”
“And I intend to see that she…remains a good friend,” I answered sternly
as I looked into her eyes.
Lou just stood there with this powerful-looking smile on her face. She
informed me there was a great deal of work to be done like painting',
new shelving, several broken windows, and even the roof leaks. She
offered Six hundred dollars.
“Ohhh, Miss Mallory! You got a lot of help. I don’t think you’d have any
trouble with a broken window…a leaking roof and a little painting…I tell
you what. You’d be a lot closer to home if you upped your offer to…” I
gave a long pause as I looked up at her. “1200 dollars.”
There was that sour look on her face again! “1200? Mr. McCain, that’s
out of the question!” I told her it was nice talking to her, then got up
and walked away. “Cowboy!” I stopped and turned. She had one hand
planted on her hip. “Do you think you’re being fair?” She walked up to
me. “To Miss Scott, I mean? I happen to know she hasn’t had a single
offer.” I told her it was just a bad time of the year for selling. I
could afford to sit and wait. She couldn’t believe that! The building
was in need of repairs and there were no buyers in sight.
But I knew she needed that store pretty badly. I wasn’t going to budge
until she did! I told her $600 was too little. “And $1200 is too much,
Mr. McCain.” I started to turn away. “However,” she stopped me. “I am
prepared to raise my offer to $1,000.00.” I studied her. Boy, she really
did want the store! “Well?”
“You got yourself a deal.” She handed me a bank draft. She’d pay me the
rest tomorrow morning. I looked at the bank draft. “Well, you were
pretty sure of yourself…weren’t you, Miss Mallory?”
“Weren’t you?” She smiled. I smiled back. She sure was good! “If you’ll
I went over to tell Micah about my victory. Micah was busy washing his
few dishes. I was gloating about getting $1,000.00 for the store. Micah
thought that was pretty good since Milly would be happy with $800.
“Yeah, except this Miss Mallory wasn’t aware of that.” Micah said she
had an idea. He threw me a cup to dry as I asked him what he meant. “Oh,
she kinda got it out of me when I let her see the place yesterday.” We
didn’t know why she was so willing to give me $1,000.00. “You know…she
makes out like she’s a smart business woman then winds up letting
everybody get the best of her.”
Just then, we heard the Jackman’s celebration hollering coming from the
saloon. I told him I’d buy him a beer. Everybody else was celebrating.
“Best idea yet…cowboy!”
When we stepped outside,
I looked towards the hotel. That woman had men
eating out of her hand! They were sweeping and cleaning…I just stared at
the feisty female. “The beer is…this way,” Micah hinted. I followed him,
but couldn’t help looking over my shoulder a few more times.
Inside, the Jackman’s were toasting to Lou Mallory. I couldn’t believe
how happy everyone was. While we were inside talking, Mark rode into
town looking for me. He looked in Micah’s office, but we weren’t there.
He then headed over to the saloon. I saw him motioning for me to come
out while Jackman was talking to me. I excused myself to see what he
I asked Mark why he was in town. “I saw something this morning I thought
you ought to know about,” Mark explained. I asked him what. “I was back
in Choctaw Canyon chasing out those strays like you told me to do
and…Pa, there’s some surveyors out there.
Just then, Jackman came out with my beer. I told Mark to go on. He tried
talking to them but they were too busy. He heard one of the men say that
when they finished leveling Choctaw Canyon, they'd have a real natural
grade right into North Fork. He asked if that was railroad talk. Neb
hurried forward. “Am I hearing that boy right?”
“I don’t know yet,” I answered. I told Mark to wait there, then I
hurried back into the saloon. Standing just inside the door, I called
for Micah. “You have a map to this territory?” The room got quiet. Micah
and I headed to his office to look at the map.
As we looked at it, we began to realize what Miss Mallory was up to.
While the men over in the saloon used whisky glasses to figure it out,
Mark, Micah, and I figured it out on the map. We were able to trace a
line of all the property Miss Mallory purchased and came up with a
disturbing conclusion. “A straight line of properties leading right into
town! All bought by Lou Mallory in the last two days where she now owns
the hotel…” Another realization hit me. “…and Milly’s store!” I couldn’t
believe this! How was I going to explain this to Milly! “How am I gonna
tell her that I was taken by a-“
“-Smart business woman?” Micah finished for me.
“Smart!” I threw down the map. “Smart or crooked?” I went to stand
inside the door. I was mad! I couldn’t believe she took me like that!
"Now there's no law that says she had to tell anyone about the railroad,
is there Mark?" Micah pointed out.
Mark looked at Micah and smiled. "That's right Micah! And uh…like Pa
always says...never let on if you've got a winning hand," said Mark. I
turned and looked at Mark. I couldn’t keep the smirk off my face. I knew
he was right – he’d made me eat my words again.
But I turned back when I heard the noise out on the street. The men in
the saloon had also figured it out and they were none too happy about
it! They all started toward the hotel. Lou saw them coming and came out,
just as cool as could be. She tidied up her hair as she stood calmly in
front of the angry mob. Jackman greeted her. “We figure on this railroad
is coming to this here town.”
Lou planted her hands on her hips. “I wouldn’t be at all surprised,” she
answered smugly. She admitted she knew about it the whole time. Jackman
wondered why she knew it before we did.
“I’m a woman, Mr. Jackman,” she answered as if they explained
everything. Jackman didn’t like that answer. He wondered what that
meant. Lou continued smiling the whole time with that smug little
victory smile on her face. “The Gold Slipper Saloon I owned in Denver
was right across from the railroad office. Their men used to come into
drink…to talk…to be friendly. One day when their talk became interesting
I made it a point to be friendly too. Does that answer your question?”
The Jackman’s started accusing her of stealing their property. That made
her mad. There’s nothing worse then a angry red headed Irish woman! “I
stole nothing! I paid very well for everything I have, and everyone of
you was glad to sell!” Jackman told her she was just letting us think we
were getting a good deal. “That, Mr. Jackman, is exactly what you
thought you were doing to me!”
Jackman was mad. “Now let me tell you something. Ain’t no female ever
got the advantage of me. And ain’t ever outsmarted Neb Jackman and his
son! And I’m gonna-“
Micah stepped out then. "You're gonna do nothing!" Neb asked Micah if we
were siding with her. Micah said he was
As much as I didn't want to agree with Micah I had no choice. “A deals a
deal!” Micah told them there was nothing they could do about it. Micah
told everyone to go about their business. I stepped forward as the men
Miss Mallory turned to us, still looking. She still had those hands on
her hips. "You know...my dear departed father use to say, there's no
sorrier sight on this whole earth then that of grown people acting like
a small child who got the stick instead of the lollipop." She turned to
I just couldn’t hold my tongue! "You blame them? These people worked
hard for what they had." I said.
She turned back to me. “They don’t know what a hard days work really
“And you do?” I had my doubts!
She said she did. “Ever since I was 14 years old and left alone in this
world to make out as best I could.” She started to turn away, but
decided to say more. “Do you know what it is like to work in a potato
field…from sunup to sunset digging…digging until your hands can’t feel
the pain that’s in them. Then standing on feet that have no feeling left
in them…Serving up beer in a pub half the night – a penny here and a
penny there, hoping someday you’ll have enough money saved to come to
this country – even if it means working the whole way on the boat! I’ve
got where I am by work and more work and without asking for any favors.
And in return, I don’t give any.”
That was a nice little speech she made there! “Miss Mallory, I think
most of us can live through being outsmarted, but there’s something
else. If you want to make friends in North Fork, you oughta get that
chip off your shoulder.” She informed me she never had time for friends.
She’s been too busy taking care of herself because nobody else would.
Well, I guess that was the end of that!
The Jackman’s were in the saloon talking. They wanted to do something to
get back at Lou for what she did. He thought about Haslam. He wasn’t
like most men – he would need help – a nice girl to take care of him.
They were going to find a nice girl for Haslam to bring home as his
wife. “Now, whatever she brings with her…Whatever she owns…That becomes
a part of the family, don’t it?” They liked that idea!
That night, the Jackman’s snuck into the hotel. Lou heard noises but
didn’t see anything. She was grabbed from behind, gagged and tied up.
Then the Jackman’s drove her to their farm. When they got her down, she
started fighting and kicking. Jackman then informed her that she’s there
to get to know them better. She was going to marry Haslam! Lou informed
them that they were out of their minds. They knew they couldn't force
her to do anything like that, so Halsam would have to bide his time
until she gets used to the idea. Neb told her she could fix them some
supper, feed the chickens and slop down the hogs. Then she could wash
and mend the clothes before bedtime. Neb felt this would help her make
up her mind about Halsam.
The next day, I went into town to get the rest of Milly’s money. I
walked right into the hotel and called out for Miss Mallory, but got no
response. I looked everywhere, but she was nowhere in sight!
Meanwhile, Miss Mallory was being forced to pitch hay.
I walked into Micah’s office and asked if he’d seen “the Mallory woman.”
We both found it strange that she wouldn't be there for this
appointment. She wasn’t the kind of woman who would forget. I agreed
with Micah and hurried over to the hotel to take a closer look.
Lou was told to slop the hogs. Instead of giving the contents of the
bucket to the hogs, though, she threw it on one of the Jackman brothers.
At the hotel, I called Miss Mallory’s name. I looked in the dining room
and started upstairs when Micah called to me. He found a shoe outside
the back door. He also saw fresh buckboard tracks. I thought on it and
came to a startling discovery – the Jackman’s were the only one she had
done business with who used a buckboard! We hurried out the door.
Miss Mallory was then put to work on the laundry. After that, they told
her she could clean out the chicken coop. They wanted her to make a good
impression on Haslam. Suddenly, Moss rode up and announced that they had
company coming. Neb told Bo to take Lou into the barn and told the
others not to say anything, just let him do the talking. Haslam didn’t
know why he couldn’t talk. It was only the Marshal and “that McCain
When we rode up, Neb was washing laundry. He gave us a friendly
greeting. Neb said they were just doing some washing. Moss said that was
right, but when Neb asked Haslam, he didn’t say anything. When Neb got
onto him, he said, “You want me to talk, Pa? You said for me not to!” I
wondered why. Neb said Haslam just didn’t know what he was talking
Just then, we heard a noise coming from the barn. "What's going on it
there?" Asked Micah. Neb told us it was the Bo in the barn taking care
of a sick cow.
"What's wrong with the cow?" I asked. They stuttered around a bit, then
finally told us the cow got into some loco weed out in the pasture. I
didn’t believe them!
“And you got her in the barn?” Micah asked.
They sure were nervous! I watched them as they nervously tried to
pretend nothing was going on. They had so much guilt on their faces! I
heard the noise again. I told them they better turn her loose before she
broke the place off. I even offered to help them. But as I started for
the barn, Neb grabbed a bucket. “Dog gone you, I said don’t bother!” He
tried to hit me with the bucket, but I ducked. I belted him with my
rifle and he fell to the ground. I again started toward the barn. Moss
started to me. He jumped on my back and I rolled him right off. He fell
to the ground.
Micah pulled his gun and held it on Neb and Moss while I walked to the
barn. “Come on, Bo! Bring her out!” I ordered. He didn’t come out. “You
hear me?” I still got nothing so I fired a warning shot up in the air. I
fired a second shot. The door opened and Bo and Miss Mallory came out. I
ordered Bo to get over by his Pa.
“You alright, Miss Mallory?” Micah called. I turned and looked at her.
She sure did look mad! My, my, she couldn’t even speak, she was so mad!
She just stood there and fumed!
"You didn't make such a good deal this time, did you Miss Mallory?" I
said. Then I smiled! I couldn’t help myself – it was so funny to see her
fuming like that…and speechless!
Lou didn't press charges on the Jackman's. They admitted they were wrong
and they said they'd never do anything like that again. Halsam took his
hat off and turned to Lou and said, "If you ever change your mind, I'll
be waitin'!" Then they drove off.
Lou turned and looked sideways at me. “Well…”
I was waiting for a thank you. “Well what?” I asked.
She hesitated. “Excuse me, I’ve gotta get back to work.” I couldn’t
believe this woman! She started across the street, but then turned
around and looked at me. “I suppose I should thank ya'."
"Not if it's too much trouble," I answered, trying to keep from smiling.
"It's not that it's too much trouble, it's just that...it's a hard thing
for me to say! I've never had to say it before." I just looked at her
and waited. "Thank you.” We stood there looking at each other for a
moment. Finally, she turned around and hurried to the hotel.
Maybe we’d become friends yet! She had some interesting possibilities!
"Welcome to the McCain Ranch..... Lou!"
Blair as Lou Mallory. Patricia was first introduced to The
Rifleman in Lou Mallory. She played a hot-tempered Irish lass who was a
razor-sharp businesswoman. She joined the cast in the
fifth and final season and appeared in seventeen episodes. Patricia replaced Joan Taylor who played Milly Scott
owner of The General Store.
To quote Patricia Blair....."Chuck was a great big wild Irishman, who was brimming with life and life-force – he was just fantastic!" She goes on to say....."Chuck was very exciting to work with – he was a very exciting man. When he was wearing those tight jeans, and those rolled-up sleeves, he was one SEXY man! He was a walking sex machine. He was really quite bright, and well-read. but he could be extremely
volatile – and that made him exciting."
Take from Chuck Connors....."The Man Behind the Rifle"
~ written by David Fury
Peter Whitney appeared in nine
episodes ― Eddie's Daughter as
Tracey Blanch, he's the big dude who came looking for Lil ― Mail Order Groom as John
Jupiter, he was the Mail Order Groom, the one that Jess
Profit (John Anderson) kept picking on ― Heller as Andrew
Bechtol, the mean stepfather ― Strange Town as Ott Droshek,
he ran the Strange Town ― The
Queue as Vince Fergus, again he was the bully, the instigator
who picked on Wang Chi ― Long Gun
From Tucson as John Holliver, he was the cowboy who came back
for revenge ― Lou Mallory as Neb
Jackman, the Pa of the Jackman clan ― Gun Shy as Vantine,
he was the man who was holding Lou hostage ― Which Way'd They Go?
as Ned Jackman, the Pa of the Jackman clan.
appeared in two episodes as Halsam Jackman ―
Lou Mallory as the one who was suppose to wed Lou ― Which Way'd They Go? as
the one who was suppose to do the plantin'.
Thomas Carney played Moss Jackman. He was the shorter of the brothers and a little pudgy.
appeared in eight episodes ―
End of a Young Gun
as an outlaw, he rode with Hank Fulton ― The Safe Guard as Walkerman,
one of the guys who help rob the bank ―
The Challenge as a cowhand in the saloon ― The Woman
as Jed Healy, the one who shot his Pa ― The Journey Back as Arnie Grady as one of the brothers that Will Temple threw off his ranch ―
Outlaw's Shoes as Jeems, he was George Vale's partner and the one who shot Lucas and
grazed him in the head ―
Lou Mallory as Bo Jackman ― Death Never Rides Alone as Mark Jones. Gee.....does this set any records?
Bill Quinn appeared in thirty-eight episodes as Sweeney the owner/bartender of The North Fork Saloon.
Sweeney was first introduced to The Rifleman in The Marshal.
Charlie La Franchise played Eddie Halstead, the owner of the Hotel Madera.
Michael Jeffers appeared in five
The Blowout as
the diner proprietor
as a barfly ― Mail Order Groom
as the hotel clerk ― A Case
of Identity as one of the townsmen ―
Lou Mallory as one of
the cowboys helping Lou get her hotel in order.
Archie Butler — Stuntman — Stunt
coordinator — Actor - Archie has been in more episodes then anybody with
the exception of the regular cast and he probably was in more episode
then some of them. ~Arnold
Remember him in The Sharpshooter? Remember when Lucas shot
the whiskey bottle and it shattered into pieces? Archie was the cowboy
who slid the whiskey bottle to Lucas.
Sometimes Archie was a stand-in for Paul Fix.
This script for Lou Mallory was originally named 'Ellen O'Toole'
around The McCain Ranch