The mad scientist coat worn by Victor is called a Howie Coat. The design has been used in England for over 100 years. In 1978 a UK medical laboratory health and safety report (chaired by Dr. J. W. Howie) required lab personnel to wear this style of coat, which provides much better splash protection than regular open front lab coats.
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Dr. Whale attempts to return the dead to life by placing an enchanted heart into the body of a dead man. Director James Whale directed Frankenstein (1931), the first film version about a doctor who returns the dead to life.