Don't confuse this with bad girls of today's Hollywood, who have probably supplemented their paychecks by flashing beef while exiting a limo.

Don't confuse this with bad girls of today's Hollywood, who have probably supplemented their paychecks by flashing beef while exiting a limo.

I'm talking about 1930s and '40s cinema's most lascivious and licentious female characters. Those women are the theme of this month's film series at Grandview Heights Public Library.

This week's free showing is "The Lady Eve," a comedy starring Barbara Stanwyck as a conniving woman who torments her lover. Next week, don't miss the incomparable Bette Davis in "The Letter."

These movies are classics, but it's also interesting to watch what screenwriters used to consider to be women acting badly. Murdering a man (like in "The Letter")? Yes, still inappropriate. Promiscuity? Why, that's par for the course for today's Hollywood characters.