There were definately some actresses who excelled at playing "bad girls".
That's a lovely picture. I remember seeing her and William Boyd
in "High Voltage" from 1929 a few years ago and they really
Geneva Mitchell plays the bad girl really well. She was great in Safety in Numbers, trying to lead Charles Buddy Rogers astray, but Carole (Lombard) really told her where to get off. I've seen her in other precodes always playing a beautiful wise-cracking bad girl.
She's most recognised for her roles in Three Stooges films. She's in the famous bumble-bee "do as I do" scene, where she asks the stooges to "walk this way", is then stung by the bumble bee, and the stooges imitate her every move of being stung.
Millie was another movie where Geneva was the bad girl. She's always trying to steal someone's husband or boyfriend.
And don't forget the amazing Mae West. Not truly bad, but definitely not the conservative type.