A KODAK cassette did that? Dang, those things usually need a freakin' pry bar to open...[/QUOTE]

What a relief to read that. I only use Kodak film and have never been able to open the cassettes. I figured it was just me doing it wrong as usual.

To add to the thread my most recent disaster was to open the back of the camera before I'd rewound the film. I was so stunned I think I even hesitated a second or two before I slammed it shut. I nearly threw the roll out. Fortunately I changed my mind and was very surprised to find that it wasn't completely ruined.