Writer: Arthur Browne, Jr.
Director: Arnold Laven
Original Air Date 10/15/1962
Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain
Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance
Patricia Blair was an American television actress whose career was active primarily in the 1950s and 1960s. The Texas-born beauty began her career as a teenage model who went on to apprentice in summer stock before being discovered by Warner Bros. She began acting in films under the names Patricia Blake and Pat Blake. She appeared in a few films, including "Jump Into Hell" (1955), "Crime Against Joe" (1956) and "The Black Sleep" (1956), which reunited screen icons of the horror film genre Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., Basil Rathbone and John Carradine. She also appeared in the suspense thriller "City of Fear" (1959), starring Vince Edwards. She portrayed the Fashion Narrator in the Robert Redford romantic western "The Electric Horseman" (1979), co-starring Jane Fonda.
In 1962, Blair replaced actress Joan Taylor in a semi-regular role as Lou Mallory, Chuck Connor's love interest in the last season of THE RIFLEMAN. Blair played the attractive red-haired, fiery Irish businesswoman, whose character was savvy Landowner and Owner of the General Store and the Madera House Hotel. Blair's character of Lou Mallory appeared in 17 episodes of THE RIFLEMAN; she debuted in the title role of episode 145. Blair also made guest television appearances on "The Bob Cummings Show" (1955–1959), "The Virginian" (1962–1971), "Perry Mason" (1957–1966), "Bonanza" (1959–1973), and she co-starred in "Daniel Boone" (1964–1970), playing wife Rebecca Boone opposite Fess Parker. She also had a recurring role as Goldy in the western adventure series "Yancy Derringer" (1958–1959).
Thomas Carney was an American film and television actor. He appeared in more than 50 television shows and movies during his 40-year career. He was a guest star in various popular series of the 1950s and 60s, including "Dragnet" (1951–1959), "The Untouchables" (1959–1963), "Perry Mason" (1957–1966) and "Barnaby Jones" (1973–1980). He made one guest appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Moss Jackman in "Lou Mallory" (Episode 145). He also guest-starred in some of the other iconic western series of the era, including "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963) and "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955–1961).
Mel Carter made eight guest appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying different characters in each episode. He played an outlaw on "End of a Young Gun" (episode 3), Walkerman in "The Safe Guard" (episode 8), a cowhand in "The Challenge" (episode 28), Jed Healy in "The Woman" (episode 32), Arnie Grady in "The Journey Back" (episode 115), Jeems in "Outlaw's Shoes" (episode 141), George Vale's partner Bo Jackman in "Lou Mallory" (episode 145), and Mark Jones in "Death Never Rides Alone" (episode 147). Carter appeared in many television shows from the late 1950's through late 1980's. In 1987, he co-starred with Chuck Connors in "Werewolf," an episode of the "Father Jude" series.
Conlan Carter, born Chester Conlan Carter, is an American television and film actor. He has appeared in nearly 40 television shows and movies over a career spanning more than 25 years. Raised on a farm in rural Missouri, Carter attended Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau on an athletic scholarship. He then joined the United States Air Force and served two years, during which he developed a lifelong interest in flying. Following his military service, Carter went to San Francisco where he studied under Mara Alexander Gilbert at the Bay City Actor's Lab. He demonstrated great versatility as an actor, and played roles in genres ranging from crime dramas to action series to westerns. Among the handful of recurring characters, he portrayed C.E. Carruthers in "The Law and Mr. Jones" (1960–1962) and Doc in "Combat!" (1962–1967), a role for which he received a 1964 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor.
Carter made two guest appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Haslam Jackman in "Which Way Did They Go?" (episode 145) and reprising that role in "Lou Mallory" (episode 167), an episode that introduced new cast regular Patricia Blair. Carter also guest-starred in many of the iconic westerns of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, including "Johnny Ringo" (1959–1960), "Bonanza" (1959–1973), "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975) and "The Virginian" (1962–1971). He also appeared in many other popular series, including "Twilight Zone" (1959–1964), "Barnaby Jones" (1973–1980) and "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979–1985). Although he had a successful career in the entertainment industry, Carter eventually abandoned acting to pursue his dream of being a pilot.
Charlie La Franchise made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying the regular character of Eddie Halstead, former owner of Madera House, who sells his business to the new owner played by Patricia Blair in the title role as "Lou Mallory" (episode 145). Previously, La Franchise performed in a children's television show, playing "Uncle Charlie" on Portland, Oregon station KPTV.
Bill Quinn was an American actor whose early career began in the 1920's in silent films and ended with the 1989 science fiction film, "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier." Perhaps, his best-known role was Mr. Ranseleer, Archie Bunker's blind friend in "All In The Family" (1971-1978). He also was a regular character in the Carroll O'Connor spin-off, "Archie Bunker's Place." Quinn's other television credits include roles in "The Odd Couple" (1970-1975), "McHale's Navy" (1962-1966), and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1970-1977), in which he play Mary Richard's father. In 1971, he appeared in Universal Pictures' "How to Frame a Figg" starring Don Knotts. Quinn was a regular character in THE RIFLEMAN, appearing in 40 episodes as Sweeney, the Owner/Bartender of the North Fork Saloon.
Peter Whitney was an American television and film actor whose large frame and heavy-set, swarthy appearance brought him many roles playing villainous characters in his early career. Later, as a character actor, he made frequent appearances in television series, particularly the western genre. Among his film credits, he appeared in "In the Heat of the Night" (1967), "The Great Bank Robbery" (1969), and "The Ballad of Cable Hogue" (1970). Whitney made nine appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Tracey Blanch in "Eddie's Daughter" (episode 46), John Jupiter in "Mail Order Groom" (episode 56), Andrew Bechtel in "Heller" (episode 62), Otto Drosheck in "Strange Town" (episode 81), Vince Fergus in "The Queue" (episode 110), John Holliver in "Long Gun from Tucson" (episode 121), Neb Jackman in 'Lou Mallory" (episode 145) and "Which Way Did They Go?" (episode 167), and Vantine in "Gun Shy" (episode 153).
Lou Mallory, a stunning redheaded, arrives in North Fork and buys a hotel. She and Lucas begin disliking each other, but become fast friends when he helps her out of some serious trouble.