Remembering Morgus: 1929-2020
Morgus passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2020.
I fondly remember Morgus, a creepy lab doctor who appeared on WJBK TV-2 in Detroit. His show was seen all throughout Michigan...Lansing, Jackson, Flint, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Saginaw, etc.
From 1964-1965, Morgus was hired to do TV weather reports (“Morgus and the Weather”) along with his own 11:30 Friday night horror movie show, “Morgus Presents.” He showed the great old classics from the 30's through the 50's, interspersed with his lab experiments that always went wrong. His assistants were a skull named Eric and a hooded robot/zombie type character named Armsby.
I remember watching one episode where the skit involved some thugs who broke into the studio and was holding Morgus prisoner. Before going back into the movie, Morgus would sneak up to the camera and say “kids, call the police and tell them to get over here and save me”! This happened for a few breaks until an announcer had to get on the air and tell the audience that it was just a skit, there was no real danger.....audience members had really called the cops.
Sid Noel (real name, Sidney Noel Rideau - the “Noel” came from his being born on Christmas Day, 1929) played Morgus, the host of “House of Shock,” beginning in 1959 in New Orleans. After coming to Detroit in 1964, he left two years later, returning to New Orleans where he remained. He answered to “Morgus,” “Dr. Morgus,” “Professor Morgus,” and “Morgus the Magnificent.”
Sid Noel kept his real identity a secret, and it was rumored he didn't even tell his kids that he was Morgus. Noel continued as Morgus off-and-on for years and made occasional TV appearances.
In 1962 he made one movie, “The Wacky World of Dr. Morgus” along with a few recordings.
I sure missed Morgus when he left Michigan. He was one of my all-time favorite TV hosts. He died of natural causes at the age of 90 on August 27, 2020.
Take a look below at a few still shots & clips from his shows and some of his records as well.