Ernest Goes to Jail (film) When lovable but inept Ernest P. Worrell becomes a juror on a murder trial, the scheming defendant notices that Ernest is a dead ringer for jailed crime boss Felix Nash. A plot is quickly hatched to switch the two look-alikes and soon Ernest finds himself in jail while his notorious double sneaks away to freedom, taking over Ernest’s job as a night janitor in a bank. Released on April 6, 1990. Directed by John Cherry. A Touchstone film. 82 min. Stars Jim Varney (Ernest P. Worrell/Felix Nash/Auntie Nelda), Gailard Sartain (Chuck). Filmed in Nashville, Tennessee. Released on video in 1990.