Neither Seen Nor Recognized

Ni vu, ni connu French: Neither seen, nor known, is a French comedy film from 1958, directed by Yves Robert, starring Louis de Funès. The film is based on the novel L'Affaire Blaireau (The Badger Case) by Alphonse Allais. The film is known under the titles: Neither Seen Nor Recognized (international English title), L'affaire Blaireau (France - alternative title), and Fisch oder Fleisch (West Germany).[2] The story had previously been adapted for the 1923 silent film The Blaireau Case and the 1932 sound film The Blaireau Case.

Neither Seen Nor Recognized
Directed byYves Robert
Produced byChamps-Élysées Production (France)
Written byAlphonse Allais
Jacques Celhay
StarringLouis de Funès
Music byJean Wiener
Distributed byPathé Consortium
Release date
23 April 1958 (France)
Running time
95 minutes
Box office$18.8 million[1]


In the wine-growing village of Montpaillard, the humorless gamekeeper Parju is determined to bring in the wily poacher Blaireau. One night, he is accidentally knocked out by Armand Fléchard, a young piano teacher, but is convinced the attacker was Blaireau and has him arrested. However, Blaireau knows how to take advantage of any situation, and what he makes of being arrested benefits the entire village, including Fléchard and his girlfriend, Arabella, the daughter of the local landowner.


  • Louis de Funès: Léon Blaireau, the poacher
  • Moustache: Ovide Parju, the gamekeeper
  • Noëlle Adam: Arabella de Chaville, the landowner's daughter
  • Madeleine Barbulée: Mme de Chaville, Arabella's mother
  • Claude Rich: Armand Fléchard, piano teacher and Arabella's beloved
  • Frédéric Duvallès: Monsieur Dubenoit, the mayor
  • Roland Armontel: Léon de Chaville, the local landowner, Arabella's father
  • Pierre Mondy: Monsieur Bluette, director of the local jail
  • Jean-Marie Amato: Maître Guilloche, a lawyer, the mayor's political rival
  • Lucien Hubert: Auguste, a villager
  • Pierre Stéphen: the public prosecutor
  • Robert Vattier: Monsieur Lerechigneux, the judge
  • Paul Faivre: Victor, the chief jailkeeper
  • Jean Bellanger: a prisoner, formerly a pedicurist
  • Grégoire Gromoff: Grégory, a prisoner
  • Henri Coutet: prisoner
  • Max Montavon: prisoner
  • Monette Dinay: Léontine, Dubenoit's housekeeper
  • Danièle Delorme: admirer at the village fair
  • Colette Ricard: Mademoiselle Rose
  • Pierre Mirat: the owner of the local hotel
  • Guy Favières: assistant to the mayor
  • Marcel Rouze: policeman
  • Charles Bayard: a legal assessor
  • Yves Robert: wedding photographer
  • Marc Blanchard: Monsieur Duranfort
  • Raoul Saint-Yves: prisoner
  • Jacques Couturier: policeman
  • Francis Lemarque: whistling prisoner
  • Bernard Charlan: doctor
  • Jimmy Perrys: Antoine, a prisoner, formerly a tailor
  • Jeanne de Funès (uncredited): admirer
  • Also: Fout-le-camp, a dog; Napoléon, a crow; Lucienne, a magpie; Parju, a pig; and the members of the "club de la fine gaule".


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