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February 23, 1986|KEVIN THOMAS

Even today, when you visit Waikiki you are shown the spot where four native Hawaiian youths supposedly raped a U.S. Navy officer's wife. A heady tale of scandal, prejudice and corruption in 1930s Hawaii, this incident and its consequences have become the basis of Blood & Orchids, a four-hour, two-part TV movie premiering Sunday and Monday at 9 p.m. on CBS. Adapted by Norman Katkov and Steve Shagan from Shagan's novel, the film stars Kris Kristofferson, Jane Alexander, Jose Ferrer and Sean Young.

Airing opposite Blood & Orchids Sunday at 9 p.m. on ABC is Part I of the six-hour Crossings, a Danielle Steel romance, also set in the '30s, starring Cheryl Ladd as a French ambassador's wife pursued by steel magnate Lee Horsley.

Meanwhile, Sunday at 8 p.m. on NBC, Robert Conrad, Sam Waterston and David Soul star in The Fifth Missile, a three-hour thriller about a war game aboard an American nuclear Trident sub that goes haywire.

Airing earlier on "The Disney Sunday Movie" at 7 p.m. on ABC is The Girl Who Spelled Freedom, the true story of a 16-year-old Cambodian refugee who became a spelling bee champion just four years after her arrival in the United States.

Annie (NBC Monday at 8 p.m.) was lots of good-natured fun on the stage, but it landed with a thud on the screen, so overblown and cold that neither the irresistibleness of Aileen Quinn's Annie or Albert Finney's multidimensioned Daddy Warbucks could save it. Its super-lavish production values serve only to underline the thinness of what is, after all, a comic-strip plot. Typical of what went wrong is Carol Burnett's over-the-top Miss Hannigan, drunken director of the orphanage from which Annie is rescued. It's not one of the happier listings in the filmography of John Huston, a decidedly curious choice for the director of the brassy Broadway musical in the first place.

Also airing Monday at 8 p.m. are Robert Altman's classic MASH (on Channel 5) and the entertaining but only so-so remake of King Kong (on Channel 13, concluding on Tuesday at the same hour).

As a comedy-western, Kenny Rogers as The Gambler (Channel 11 Tuesday at 9 p.m.) was nothing special, but Rogers' fans made this 1980 TV movie, based on his hit song of the same name, one of the most popular TV movies of all time.

There's a great drama to be made about the late Jesse Owens, the black American whose exhilarating victories in the 1936 Olympics in the presence of Adolf Hitler were followed by a life of tragedy, degradation and disappointment. But unfortunately The Jesse Owens Story, which repeats on Channel 5 Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m., is too flat and routine a TV movie bio to do Owens justice, despite good work by Dorian Harewood in the title role.

Repeating at 9 p.m. Thursday on CBS is the 1985 TV movie Kojak: The Belarus File, in which Telly Savalas returns as the tough New York City detective he portrayed in the long-running series (1973-78).

California Split (Channel 11 Thursday at 9 p.m.) is one of Robert Altman's most unjustly neglected films, a sly, shaggy dog story of a movie with George Segal and Elliott Gould as a couple of compulsive gamblers who are losers even when they're winning at the tables.

That top-notch 1970 TV movie Tribes returns Friday at 8 p.m. on Channel 5. Tracy Keenan Wynn and Marvin Schwartz's Emmy-winning script has marine drill instructor Darren McGavin trying to shape up anti-war, long-haired Jan-Michael Vincent. Joseph Sargent directed.

Barry Bostwick stars in the new TV movie Betrayed by Innocence (CBS Saturday at 9 p.m.) as a film maker on the verge of his big break when he's charged with statutory rape. Also airing at 9 p.m. Saturday (on Channel 9) is John Ford's sentimental The Long Gray Line which stars Tyrone Power as a West Point athletic director and Maureen O'Hara as his beautiful wife.

Selected evening cable fare: Picnic at Hanging Rock (AE Sunday at 6); They All Laughed (Z Sunday at 9); Love Letters (Cinemax Sunday at 10); The Last Picture Show (WOR Monday at 6); Danny Boy (Z Monday at 7); Small Change (Lifetime Monday at 8); Manhattan (Movie Channel Monday at 8); Videodrome (SelecTV Monday at 9); Padre, Padrone (Z Tuesday at 7); The Informer (Z Wednesday at 7:30); The Luck of Ginger Coffey (Lifetime Wednesday at 8); The Devil and Daniel Webster (Disney Channel Wednesday at 9); Man's Castle (Cinemax Thursday at 6:30); Heaven Help Us (Z Thursday at 9); The Four Seasons (Z Friday at 7, Movie Channel Saturday at 9); Love Child (Cinemax Friday at 8); Nicholas Nickleby (AE Saturday at 6:30); The Candidate (Movie Channel Saturday at 7); Amadeus (SelecTV Saturday at 7); The Killing Fields (HBO, Showtime and Z Saturday at 8); Becky Sharp (AE Saturday at 9).

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