Nobody Ordered Wolves

Nobody Ordered Wolves is a 1939 comic novel by the British-born writer and film director Jeffrey Dell. The book is a satire on the British film industry. It focuses on the fictional company Paradox Film Productions headed by the mogul Napoleon Bott who is modelled on the real-life Alexander Korda and his London Film Productions.[1] The book concludes with a large number of wolves, hired by Bott for one of his epic extravaganzas, running loose through London causing havoc as a metaphor for the British film industry having "gone to the dogs".[2]


  1. MacNab p.18-19
  2. Trumpbour p.207


  • Macnab, Geoffrey. J. Arthur Rank and the British Film Industry. Routledge, 1994.
  • Trumpbour, John. Selling Hollywood to the World: U.S. and European Struggles for Mastery of the Global Film Industry, 1920-1950. Cambridge University Press, 2002.

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