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Morris Gest, Prominent Jewish Producer, Dies at 61. Funeral Will Be Held Today

Morris Gest, who came to American as an immigrant from Russia and achieved international fame as a great theatrical producer, died yesterday in the Midtown Hospital, in his sixty-first year. He entered the hospital ten days ago after a long period of ill health.

The death of Morris Gest brings to a close a career which had many dramatic elements of the theater, to which he was attracted in boyhood. The work which was to take him so far began with a humanly humorous first scene when the man who later produced the spectacular “Miracle” and introduced the Moscow Art Theater to the United States, crawled as a boy of less than 9 years under the flap of a circus tent in his native Russian town.

A funeral service will be held at 11 A.M. tomorrow at Central Synagogue with Dr. Jonah B. Wise officiating. Burial will be in the Belasco family mausoleum in Linden Hill Cemetery, Queens.