The Tropigala Las Vegas is a Las Vegas hotel and casino. Built in 1957, the hotel's registered owners were two Beverly Hills attorneys, Jacob Lawrence and Allan Barclay. In reality, however, it was split between Hyman Roth and the Lakeville Road Group from Cleveland. The hotel was run by Meyer Klingman, who was later moved out by Al Neri of the Corleone family, who took over the operations.
Behind the scenes
- During the making of The Godfather Part II, the Tropigala sequence in Las Vegas was filmed in the Tropicana hotel, although these scenes were deleted from the final film. However, some of these scenes were restored in The Godfather Epic.
- In the second draft of the screenplay the hotel is named by its real name the Tropicana. During the production of The Godfather Part II the name of the hotel was changed to Tropigala to avoid any legal issues.
- In reality, the Tropicana was also a mob-controlled hotel, first by Frank Costello and later by the Kansas City crime family.
Notes and references
- Cowie, Peter (1997). The Godfather Book. Faber and Faber, p. 90. ISBN 0571190111.
- Lebo, Harlan (2005). The Godfather Legacy. Fireside, p. 229. ISBN 0743287770.
- Sifakis, Carl (2005). The Mafia Encyclopedia. Checkmark Books, p. 256. ISBN 1592573053.
- Las Vegas Mob. Online Nevada encyclopedia.