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Film won't advance. But does when the back is momentarily opened

Olympus is-3dlx camera. Film won't advance after exposure. If I open the back it advances, but spoils the shot. Everything else works OK. Ideas? Fred

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Do you have fresh batteries in the camera. Batteries may be needed to set the exposure and trip the shutter. If the batteries are good, the back when closed may be jamming the film between the cassette and the body. Also make sure your fingers is not restricting the rewind knob on the left side of the camera.

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