|Garbo in The Temptress (1926)|
Stiller was Garbo's very strict mentor. He was the one who got caps for her teeth, and insisted she lose weight. Louis B Mayer hired both of them from Sweden as a package deal, but it was really Garbo he had his eye on. As soon as he possibly could, Mayer had Stiller removed from the director's chair for The Temptress, and replaced him with Fred Niblo. The crew and cast were particularly cruel to Stiller on the set, and there was a definite language barrier problem. Stiller was crushed, and returned back to Sweden post haste. Two years later he was dead.
Garbo, of course, stayed and became Garbo.
The Temptress, as silly as it is, (bullwhip duels, dam building in the Argentine, Jesus in a Paris cafe) still comes highly recommended by me. Heck, it is worth it alone for Stiller's amazing risque banquet sequence, which gives new meaning to the phrase Upstairs Downstairs.